Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Quoted in Elizabeth S. Sergeant, Robert Frost: the Trial by Existence, ch. 18 (1960).
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  • ''Warren returned—too soon, it seemed to her,
    Slipped to her side, caught up her hand and waited.

    "Warren?" she questioned.

    "Dead," was all he answered.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Death of the Hired Man (l. 171-174). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''As I have known them passionate and fine,
    The gold for which they leave the golden line
    Of lyric is a golden light divine,
    Never the gold of darkness from a mine.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Lost Follower."
  • ''To warm the frozen swamp as best it could
    With the slow smokeless burning of decay.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Wood-Pile (l. 39-40). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''A speck that would have been beneath my sight
    On any but a paper sheet so white
    Set off across what I had written there.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Considerable Speck."
  • ''It is speckled with grime as if
    Small print overspread it,
    The news of a day I've forgotten
    If I ever read it.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Patch of Old Snow."
  • ''It lives less in the present
    Than in the future always,
    And less in both together
    Than in the past.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Carpe Diem."
  • ''The reason artists show so little interest
    In public freedom is because the freedom
    They've come to feel the need of is a kind
    No one can give them they can scarce attain
    The freedom of their own material....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "How Hard It Is to Keep From Being King When It's in You and in the Situation."
  • ''No wonder poets sometimes have to seem
    So much more business-like than business men.
    Their wares are so much harder to get rid of.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. New Hampshire, New Hampshire (1923).
  • ''There is the fear that we shan't prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man—fear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut of from them.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Feb. 11, 1963).

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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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After Apple Picking

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight

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