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 formperformance. The thing itself is indescribable, but it is felt like athletic form. To have form, feel form in sportsand 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).
''Still they stood,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Two Look at Two."
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.''
''They tapped at my eyelids and touched my lips with an invitation to grief.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Leaf-Treader."
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.''
''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 allRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Ends."
As throw a part away.
And some will say all sorts of things,
But some mean what they say.''
''If I have in me any I at all,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Iota Subscript."
'Tis the iota subscript of the Greek.''
''Now close the windows and hush all the fields:Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Now Close the Windows."
If the trees must, let them silently toss....''
''As they get more nuclearRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Some Science Fiction."
And more bigoted in reliance
On the gospel of modern science ...''
''Provision there had been for just such meetingRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Generations of Men."
Of stranger-cousins, in a family tree
Drawn on a sort of passport with the branch
Of the one bearing it done in detail''
''There stood the purple spires with no breath of airRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Quest of the Purple-Fringed."
Nor headlong bee
To disturb their perfect poise the livelong day
'Neath the alder tree.''
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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 ...
After Apple Picking
My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight