Robert Frost Quotes
''It comes down to a doubt about the wisdomRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Reason."
Of having children after having had them,
So there is nothing we can do about it
But warn the children they perhaps should have none.''
''I'd like to get away from earth awhileRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Birches (l. 48-53). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate willfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.''
''Why make so much of fragmentary blueRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Fragmentary Blue."
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?''
''Leaves and bark, leaves and bark,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Leaves Compared with Flowers."
To lean against and hear in the dark.
Petals I may have once pursued.
Leaves are all my darker mood.''
''There is much in nature against us. But we forget:Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Our Hold on the Planet."
Take nature altogether since time began,
Including human nature, in peace and war,
And it must be a little more in favor of man....''
''Were they told they were freeRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Bad Island Easter."
And persuaded to see
Something in it for them?''
''"... Estelle's run off."Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Housekeeper."
"Yes, what's it all about? When did she go?"
"Two weeks since."
"She's in earnest, it appears."''
''I wonder about the trees.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Sound of Trees."
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?''
''I had not taken the first step in knowledge;Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Wild Grapes."
I had not learned to let go with the hands,
As still I have not learned to with the heart....''
''You're no feminist.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Reason."
You have it in for women, she believes.
Kipling invokes You as Lord God of Hosts.
She'd like to know how You would take a prayer
That started off Lord God of Hostesses.''
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The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come ...
The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.
And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,
As it ran light, or had to bear a load.
And nothing happened: day was all but done.