Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''You, of course, are a rose—
    But were always a rose.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Rose Family (l. 9-10). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''He said the dead had souls, but when I asked him
    How could that be—I thought the dead were souls,
    He broke my trance. Don't that make you suspicious
    That there's something the dead are keeping back?''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Two Witches (l. 14-17). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Live and let live, believe and let believe.
    'Twas said the lesser gods were only traits
    Of the one awful God. Just so the saints
    Are God's white light refracted into colors.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Mercy."
  • ''I am assured at any rate
    Man's practically inexterminate.
    Someday I must go into that.
    There's always been an Ararat
    Where someone someone else begat
    To start the world all over at.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A-Wishing Well."
  • ''And I away in my opposite wood
    Am touched by that unintimate light
    And made feel less alone than I rightly should,
    For traveler there could do me no good
    Were I in trouble with night tonight.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Five Nocturnes, "II. Were I in Trouble."
  • ''But while meditating
    What we can't or can
    Let's keep starring man
    In the royal role.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Kitty Hawk."
  • ''It looked as if
    The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
    The cliff in being backed by continent;
    It looked as if a night of dark intent
    Was coming, and not only a night, an age.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Once by the Pacific."
  • ''When at times the mob is swayed
    To carry praise or blame too far,
    We may take something like a star
    To stay our minds on and be staid.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Take Something Like a Star."
  • ''This was the sin that Ahaz was forbid
    (The meaning of the passage had been hid):
    To look upon the tree when it was green
    And worship apples.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Gold Hesperidee."
  • ''And now he comes again with clatter of stone,
    And mounts the wall again with whited eyes
    And all his tail that isn't hair up straight.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Runaway (l. 15-17). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.

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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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Out, Out

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.

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