Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, New Hampshire (1923). These words were found on a scrap of paper on the desk of Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru when he died—presumed to be the last words he saw. John F. Kennedy regularly used the lines to wind up speeches during his presidential campaign.
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  • ''The land was our before we were the land's.
    She was our land more than a hundred years
    Before we were her people.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Gift Outright (l. 1-3). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    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, st. 4, Mountain Interval (1916).
  • ''When they sometimes
    Come down the stairs at night and stand perplexed
    Behind the door and headboard of the bed,
    Brushing their chalky skull with chalky fingers,
    With sounds like the dry rattling of a shutter,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Two Witches (l. 125-129). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Did you stay up last night (the Magi did)
    To see the star shower known as Leonid
    That once a year by hand or apparatus
    Is so mysteriously pelted at us?''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Loose Mountain."
  • ''So near to paradise all pairing ends:
    Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
    Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
    To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Winter Eden."
  • ''Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
    And here on earth come emulating flies....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Fireflies in the Garden."
  • ''The tower said, "One!"
    And then a steeple.
    They spoke to themselves....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "I Will Sing You One-O...."
  • ''We will not be put off the final goal
    We have it hidden in us to attain,
    Not though we have to seize the earth by the pole
    And, tired of aimless circling in one place,
    Steer straight off after something into space.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On a Tree Fallen Across the Road."
  • ''How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length
    How drifts are piled,
    Dooryard and road ungraded,
    Till even the comforting barn grows far away,
    And my heart owns a doubt
    Whether 'tis in us to arise with day
    And save ourselves unaided.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Storm Fear."

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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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