Robert Frost Quotes
''No speed of wind or water rushing byRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Master Speed."
But you have speed far greater.''
''it was older sure than this year's cutting,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Wood-Pile (l. 27-31). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
Or even last year's or the year's before.
The wood was gray and the bark warping off it
And the pile somewhat sunken. Clematis
Had wound strings round and round it like a bundle.''
''I have none of the tenderer-than-thouRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Considerable Speck."
Collectivistic regimenting love
With which the modern world is being swept.''
''The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Prayer in Spring."
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.''
''The trial by market everything must come to.''Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Christmas Trees."
''Home is the place where, when you have to go there,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Husband," in The Death of the Hired Man, l. 118-9, North of Boston (1914). "Wife" replies: "I should have called it Something you somehow haven't to deserve."
They have to take you in.''
''I men a lady from the South who saidRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
(You won't believe she said it, but she said it):
"None of my family ever worked, or had
A thing to sell."''
''Poetry is what is lost in translation.''Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Quoted in Robert Frost: a Backward Look, ch. 1, Louis Untermeyer (1964). Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, in Biographia Literaria (1817), ch. 22: "In poetry, in which every line, every phrase, may pass the ordeal of deliberation and deliberate choice, it is possible, and barely possible, to attain that ultimatum which I have ventured to propose as the infallible test of a blameless style; namely: its untranslatableness in words of the same language without injury to the meaning."
''The Demon arose from his wallow to laugh,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Demiurge's Laugh."
Brushing the dirt from his eye as he went;
And well I knew what the Demon meant.''
''Two such as you with such a master speedRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Master Speed." Inscribed on the gravestone of Frost and his wife, Elinor.
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.''
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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.