Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''It could not have come down to us so far,
    Through the interstices of things ajar
    On the long bead chain of repeated birth,
    To be a bird while we are men on earth,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On a Bird Singing in Its Sleep."
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  • ''Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (l. 1-4). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
    (The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
    To the land vaguely realizing westward,
    But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
    Such as she was, such as she would become.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Gift Outright (l. 12-16). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Road Not Taken (l. 18-20). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''I had a vision of them put together
    Not like a man, but like a chandelier.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Two Witches (l. 68-69). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''He knew a path that wanted walking;
    He knew a spring that wanted drinking;
    A thought that wanted further thinking;
    A love that wanted re-renewing.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Lone Striker."
  • ''And I may return
    If dissatisfied
    With what I learn
    From having died.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Away!"
  • ''Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I've tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Fire and Ice, New Hampshire (1923).
  • ''The furthest bodies
    To which man sends his
    Speculation,
    Beyond which God is;
    The cosmic motes
    Of yawning lenses.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "I Will Sing You One-O...."
  • ''The tree the tempest with a crash of wood
    Throws down in front of us is not to bar
    Our passage to our journey's end for good,
    But just to ask us who we think we are....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On a Tree Fallen Across the Road."

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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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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

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