Robert Frost

BY: Amy Kilgore

Early Life

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874. After his father died when he was 12 he and his family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts where he attended Lawrence High School and met his co-valedictorian and future wife, Elinor White. Frost went to both Dartmouth and Harvard but dropped out of both for different reasons. Robert and Elinor married in 1895, moved to rural New Hampshire and together had 6 children but, sadly 2 of them died.

Frost's Growing Fame

Before Frost and his family moved to England he was not a well known poet and only had a few pieces published. In England his celebrity quickly spread. While living in Europe Robert was inspired to write one of his most famous poems, "The Road Not Taken". When WW1 began Frost moved his family back to America where his reputation preceded him. Frost's work was adored and he went on to receive 4 Pulitzer Prize awards.

Famous Quote:

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
Robert Frost reads The Road Not Taken
1.) In what ways do you think that poetry and the arts helped inspire the independent, free-thinking and innovative mind-set that people began adopting in the 1920's?

Robert Frost's Impact On America

In the 1920's people didn't just survive but they thrived and created new art and technology. As well as setting a sort of standard for poetry, Frost's work also embodied this new idea of change, making things better and creating beauty for pleasure, not necessity.