Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''When I see young men doing so wonderfully well in athletics, I don't feel angry at them. I feel jealous of them. I wish that some of my boys in writing would do the same thing.... You must have form—performance. The thing itself is indescribable, but it is felt like athletic form. To have form, feel form in sports—and by analogy feel form in verse. One works and waits for form in both. As I said, the person who spends his time criticizing the play around him will never write poetry. He will write criticism.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Originally delivered at a poetry reading at Princeton University (October 26, 1937). "The Poet's Next of Kin in a College," Robert Frost: Poetry and Prose, Holt, Rinehart (1972).
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  • ''Still they stood,
    A great wave from it going over them,
    As if the earth in one unlooked-for favor
    Had made them certain earth returned their love.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Two Look at Two."
  • ''They tapped at my eyelids and touched my lips with an invitation to grief.
    But it was no reason I had to go because they had to go.
    Now up, my knee, to keep on top of another year of snow.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Leaf-Treader."
  • ''You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Atlantic (Boston, Jan. 1962).
  • ''Oh, some as soon would throw it all
    As throw a part away.
    And some will say all sorts of things,
    But some mean what they say.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Ends."
  • ''If I have in me any I at all,
    'Tis the iota subscript of the Greek.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Iota Subscript."
  • ''Now close the windows and hush all the fields:
    If the trees must, let them silently toss....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Now Close the Windows."
  • ''As they get more nuclear
    And more bigoted in reliance
    On the gospel of modern science ...''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Some Science Fiction."
  • ''Provision there had been for just such meeting
    Of stranger-cousins, in a family tree
    Drawn on a sort of passport with the branch
    Of the one bearing it done in detail''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Generations of Men."
  • ''There stood the purple spires with no breath of air
    Nor headlong bee
    To disturb their perfect poise the livelong day
    'Neath the alder tree.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Quest of the Purple-Fringed."

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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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