Robert Frost Quotes
''But this we know, the obstacle that checkedRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. A Soldier (l. 12-14). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
Further than target ever showed or shone.''
''Then for the house that is no more a house,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Directive (l. 45-46). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
But only a belilaced cellar hole,''
''"Good boys they seemed, and let them love the city.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "In the Home Stretch."
All they could say was 'God!' when you proposed
Their coming out and making useful farmers."''
''Nature's first green is gold,''Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Nothing Gold Can Stay (l. 1). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
''One of the lies would make it out that nothingRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Snow."
Ever presents itself before us twice.
Where would we be at last if that were so?
Our very life depends on everything's
Recurring till we answer from within.''
''He had the oaks for heating and for light.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Figure in the Doorway."
He had a hen, he had a pig in sight.
He had a well, he had the rain to catch.
He had a ten-by-twenty garden patch.
Nor did he lack for common entertainment.
That I assume was what our passing train meant.''
''The bird would cease and be as other birdsRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Oven Bird (l. 11-14). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.''
''Then came his little acknowledgment:Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Trespass."
He asked for a drink at the kitchen door,
An errand he may have had to invent,
But it made my property mine once more.''
''I've spoiled Jemima in more ways than one.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Hundred Collars."
She's got so she turns in at every house
As if she had some sort of curvature,
No matter if I have no errand there.
She thinks I'm sociable. I maybe am.''
''Some may know what they seek in school and church,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Star in a Stoneboat."
And why they seek it there; for what I search
I must go measuring stone walls, perch on perch....''
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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 ...
We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone find us really out.
'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.