Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''No speed of wind or water rushing by
    But you have speed far greater.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Master Speed."
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  • ''it was older sure than this year's cutting,
    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.''
    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.
  • ''I have none of the tenderer-than-thou
    Collectivistic regimenting love
    With which the modern world is being swept.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Considerable Speck."
  • ''The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
    And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Prayer in Spring."
  • ''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,
    They have to take you in.''
    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."
  • ''I men a lady from the South who said
    (You won't believe she said it, but she said it):
    "None of my family ever worked, or had
    A thing to sell."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
  • ''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,
    Brushing the dirt from his eye as he went;
    And well I knew what the Demon meant.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Demiurge's Laugh."
  • ''Two such as you with such a master speed
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Master Speed." Inscribed on the gravestone of Frost and his wife, Elinor.

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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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Come In

As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music -- hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.

Too dark in the woods for a bird
By sleight of wing
To better its perch for the night,
Though it still could sing.

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