Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,
    And I must be, as he had been,—alone,

    'As all must be,' I said within my heart,
    'Whether they work together or apart.'''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Tuft of Flowers (l. 7-10). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''Four-room shack aspiring high
    With an arm of scrawny mast
    For the visions in the sky
    That go blindly pouring past.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "[Four-Room Shack . . . ]...."
  • ''And, "Better defeat almost,
    If seen clear,
    Than life's victories of doubt
    That need endless talk-talk
    To make them out."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "An Empty Threat."
  • ''The question is whether they've reached a depth
    Of desperation that would warrant poetry's
    Leaving love's alternations, joy and grief,
    The weather's alternations, summer and winter,
    Our age-long theme, for the uncertainty
    Of judging who is a contemporary liar....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."
  • ''He saw her from the bottom of the stairs
    Before she saw him. She was starting down,
    Looking back over her shoulder at some fear.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Home Burial."
  • ''I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
    And on a day we meet to walk the line
    And set the wall between us once again.
    We keep the wall between us as we go.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Mending Wall (l. 12-15). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''But waste was of the essence of the scheme.
    And all the good they did for man or god
    To all those flowers they passionately trod
    Was leave as their posterity one pod
    With an inheritance of restless dream.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Pod of the Milkweed."
  • ''I came as census-taker to the waste
    To count the people in it and found none,
    None in the hundred miles, none in the house....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Census-Taker."
  • ''We have today and I could call their name
    Who know exactly what is out of joint
    To make their verse and their excuses lame.
    They've tried to grasp with too much social fact
    Too large a situation.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Lesson for Today."
  • '''Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
    'Whether they work together or apart.'''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Tuft of Flowers (l. 39-40). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.

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Best Poem of Robert Frost

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 ...

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Out, Out

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.

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