Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Remembering Robert Frost

March 26th marks the 140th anniversary of Robert Frost's birth.  Considered by many to be New England's premier poet, Frost was named for the Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee.  Born in San Francisco in 1874, Frost moved to Massachusetts when he was 11. Slow to find his niche, Frost dropped out of both Dartmouth and Harvard.  He attempted teaching and poultry farming before moving to England with his wife, Elinor, and their children.  It was in England that Frost wrote some of his most memorable poems, including Mending Wall  and The Death of the Hired Man.  Returning to America at the start of World War I, Frost became one of the first poets-in-residence at Amherst College and later the University of Michigan. In 1920 he co-founded the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.  Winner of four Pulitzer prizes, Frost continued to write, teach, and lecture until his death in 1963.

Fans of Robert Frost’s poetry will find much to enjoy in Tim Kendall’s The Art of Robert Frost, a guide to understanding the style and motivation of the man through detailed analyses of 65 of his works. You can listen to Frost read one of his best-loved poems, The Road Not Taken, at Poets.org.

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