Robert Frost Quotes
''There is a call to life a little sterner,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration."
And braver for the earner, learner, yearner.
Less criticism of the field and court
And more preoccupation with the sport.''
''Anything we sawRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Kitty Hawk."
And thus fastened on
With an epithet,
We would see to yet
We would want to touch,
Not to mention clutch.''
''Still it wouldn't reward the watcher to stay awakeRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations."
In hopes of seeing the calm of heaven break
On his particular time and personal sight.
That calm seems certainly safe to last tonight.''
''I had to drop the armful in the roadRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Armful."
And try to stack them in a better load.''
''I wonder how far down the road he's got.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Hill Wife, "III. The Smile."
He's watching from the woods as like as not.''
''Yours are no common feet.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Self-Seeker."
The lawyer don't know what it is he's buying:
So many miles you might have walked you won't walk.
You haven't run your forty orchids down.''
''It must be the brookRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. West-running Brook (l. 8-11). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
Can trust itself to go by contraries
The way I can with youand you with me
Because we'rewe'reI don't know
What we are.''
''A darkness out of Asia that had crossedRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Mercy."
Old Attic grace and Spartan discipline
''Where had I heard this wind beforeRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Bereft (l. 1-2). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
Change like this to a deeper roar?''
''"New order of the ages" did we say?Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration."
If it looks none too orderly today,
'Tis a confusion it was ours to start
So in it have to take courageous part.''
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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 ...
We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone find us really out.
'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.