Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''But this we know, the obstacle that checked
    And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
    Further than target ever showed or shone.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. A Soldier (l. 12-14). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''Then for the house that is no more a house,
    But only a belilaced cellar hole,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Directive (l. 45-46). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''"Good boys they seemed, and let them love the city.
    All they could say was 'God!' when you proposed
    Their coming out and making useful farmers."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "In the Home Stretch."
  • ''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 nothing
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Snow."
  • ''He had the oaks for heating and for light.
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Figure in the Doorway."
  • ''The bird would cease and be as other birds
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Oven Bird (l. 11-14). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Then came his little acknowledgment:
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Trespass."
  • ''I've spoiled Jemima in more ways than one.
    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.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Hundred Collars."
  • ''Some may know what they seek in school and church,
    And why they seek it there; for what I search
    I must go measuring stone walls, perch on perch....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Star in a Stoneboat."

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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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