Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''You live by writing
    Your poems on a farm and call that farming.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."
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  • ''"If you do!" She was opening the door wider.
    "Where do you mean to go? First tell me that.
    I'll follow and bring you back by force. I will!"''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Home Burial."
  • ''I only hope that when I am free,
    As they are free, to go in quest
    Of the knowledge beyond the bounds of life
    It may not seem better to me to rest.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Misgiving."
  • ''Where have those flowers and butterflies all gone
    That science may have staked the future on?
    He seems to say the reason why so much
    Should come to nothing must be fairly faced.....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Pod of the Milkweed."
  • ''As far as I can see, this autumn haze
    That spreading in the evening air both ways
    Makes the new moon look anything but new
    And pours the elm-tree meadow full of blue,
    Is all the smoke from one poor house alone....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Cocoon."
  • ''A poem ... begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.... It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. letter, Jan. 1, 1916, to poet and anthologist Louis Untermeyer. The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (1963).
  • ''Already determined dawn began to lay
    In place across a cloud the slender ray
    For prying beneath and forcing the lids of sight,
    And loosing the pent-up music of overnight.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Valley's Singing Day."
  • ''No one would know except for ancient maps
    That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
    If from its being kept forever under,
    The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
    This new-built city from both work and sleep.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Brook in the City."
  • ''There was never naught,
    There was always thought.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Never Naught Song."
  • ''As long as lightly all their livelong sessions,
    Like a yardful of schoolboys out at recess
    Before their plays and games were organized,
    They yelling mix tag, hide-and-seek, hopscotch,
    And leapfrog in each other's way all's well.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."

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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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