Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''Sarcastic Science, she would like to know,
    In her complacent ministry of fear,
    How we propose to get away from here
    When she has made things so we have to go
    Or be wiped out.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Why Wait for Science."
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  • ''Church neglect
    And figurative use have pretty well
    Reduced him to a shadow of himself.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Reason."
  • ''One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Birches," Mountain Interval (1916).
  • ''... never seeing
    Deeper down in the well than where the water
    Gives me back in a shining surface picture
    Me myself in the summer heaven, godlike....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For Once, Then, Something."
  • ''But I may be one who does not care
    Ever to have tree bloom or bear.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Leaves Compared with Flowers."
  • ''"... The state's one function is to give.
    The bud must bloom till blowsy blown
    Its petals loosen and are strown;
    And that's a fate it can't evade
    Unless 'twould rather wilt than fade."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Our Doom to Bloom."
  • ''Baptiste knew how to make a short job long
    For love of it, and yet not waste time either.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Ax-Helve."
  • ''He knows he's kinder than the run of men.
    Better than married ought to be as good
    As married....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Housekeeper."
  • ''loosely bound
    By countless silken ties of love and thought
    To everything on earth the compass round,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Silken Tent (l. 9-11). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''I said I had the tree. It wasn't true.
    The opposite was true. The tree had me.
    The minute it was left with me alone,
    It caught me up as if I were the fish
    And it the fishpole.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Wild Grapes."

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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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