Robert Frost Quotes
''The woods are lovely, dark and deep.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 diedpresumed to be the last words he saw. John F. Kennedy regularly used the lines to wind up speeches during his presidential campaign.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.''
''The land was our before we were the land's.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.
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people.''
''I shall be telling this with a sighRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Road Not Taken, st. 4, Mountain Interval (1916).
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.''
''When they sometimesRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Two Witches (l. 125-129). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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,''
''Did you stay up last night (the Magi did)Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Loose Mountain."
To see the star shower known as Leonid
That once a year by hand or apparatus
Is so mysteriously pelted at us?''
''So near to paradise all pairing ends:Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Winter Eden."
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.''
''Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Fireflies in the Garden."
And here on earth come emulating flies....''
''The tower said, "One!"Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "I Will Sing You One-O...."
And then a steeple.
They spoke to themselves....''
''We will not be put off the final goalRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On a Tree Fallen Across the Road."
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.''
''How the cold creeps as the fire dies at lengthRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Storm Fear."
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.''
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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 ...
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.