DELIGHTFUL SATURDAYS WITH MY FAVORITE AUTHORS AND POETS (5)

MY FAVORITE POET

ROBERT FROST

Biography

ABOUT THE POET

Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets in English Literature. He was born as Robert Lee Frost on March 26, 1874 at San Francisco,   California, U.S to journalist,William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. His father was a descendant of Nicholas Frost of Tiverton, Devon, England, who had sailed to New Hampshire in 1634 on the Wolfrana, and his mother was a Scottish immigrant.

Frost’s father worked initially as a teacher and joined as an editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin (which later merged with The San Francisco Examiner), and an unsuccessful candidate for city tax collector. He died on May 5, 1885, and Frost’s family moved across the country to Lawrence, Massachusetts,  under the guidance of Robert’s grandfather William Frost, Sr., who was an overseer at a New England mill.
Frost did his schooling from Lawrence High School in 1892. Frost’s mother became a member of the Swedenborgian church and made him baptize in it. He quit it as an adult.
His upbringing was done in the city and published his first poem in the High school magazine. He went to Dartmouth College for two months, and joined Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He returned home after a brief college stint and started helping his mother with teaching, and doing odd jobs like working in a factory maintaining carbon arc lamps, and newspaper delivery. His first love happened to be poetry.
He published his first poem “My Butterfly. An Elegy” On November 8, 1894,in the edition of the New York Independent for $15. He married Elinor Miriam White on on December 19, 1895. He was a student of Harvard University from 1897 to 1899 but had to give up studies due to illness.
Robert Frost is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He received the first of them in 1924 for his  book New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes, which was followed by Collected Poems in 1931,A Further Range in 1937,and A Witness Tree in 1943.

HIS WORKS

1913. A Boy’s Will. London: David Nutt (New York: Holt, 1915)[66]

1914. North of Boston. London: David Nutt (New York: Holt, 1914)
After Apple-Picking
The Death of the Hired Man
Mending Wall
1916. Mountain Interval. New York: Holt
Birches
Out, Out
The Oven Bird
The Road Not Taken
1923. Selected Poems. New York: Holt.
“The Runaway”
Also includes poems from first three volumes
1923. New Hampshire. New York: Holt (London: Grant Richards, 1924)
Fire and Ice
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
1924. Several Short Poems. New York: Holt[67]
1928. Selected Poems. New York: Holt.
1928. West-Running Brook. New York: Holt
Acquainted with the Night
1929. The Lovely Shall Be Choosers, The Poetry Quartos, printed and illustrated by Paul Johnston. Random House.
1930. Collected Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Holt (UK: Longmans Green, 1930)
1933. The Lone Striker. US: Knopf
1934. Selected Poems: Third Edition. New York: Holt
1935. Three Poems. Hanover, NH: Baker Library, Dartmouth College.
1935. The Gold Hesperidee. Bibliophile Press.
1936. From Snow to Snow. New York: Holt.
1936. A Further Range. New York: Holt (Cape, 1937)
1939. Collected Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Holt (UK: Longmans, Green, 1939)
1942. A Witness Tree. New York: Holt (Cape, 1943)
The Gift Outright
A Question
The Silken Tent
1943. Come In, and Other Poems. New York: Holt.
1947. Steeple Bush. New York: Holt
1949. Complete Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Holt (Cape, 1951)
1951. Hard Not To Be King. House of Books.
1954. Aforesaid. New York: Holt.
1959. A Remembrance Collection of New Poems. New York: Holt.
1959. You Come Too. New York: Holt (UK: Bodley Head, 1964)
1962. In the Clearing. New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston
1969. The Poetry of Robert Frost. New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston.
He had also written plays and letters.
He passed away at the age of 88 on January 29, 1963 at Boston, Massachusetts ( USA)
( Information : Wikipedia)

MY MOST FAVORITE POEM OF FROST

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