Introduction to Literature
Frost and Robinson
Poetry is a form of art and literature that dates back to about 500 B.C. It is composed of lyrical stanzas that were said to be written in such a way so that they could be remembered, recited, and/or performed in front of an audience. Poems are written in lines that follow a certain rhythm and are separated into verses. Two very great poets of the nineteenth and twentieth century would include Robert Frost who wrote Road not Taken, and Edwin Arlington Robinson who wrote Richard Cory.
Born in San Francisco, California, Robert Frost was the son of Isabella Moodie and a journalist, William Prescott Frost, Jr. Frost wrote his very first poem My Butterfly. An Elegy.in 1894, and sold it for a whopping fifteen dollars. It went on to be published in New York Independent that same year. In 1915 he launched a teaching career at Amherst College where he taught English. He also went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for his collection of poems.
Edwin Arlington Robinson was born on December 22, 1869 in Head Tide, Maine. Robinson’s young child and adult hood life was said to be unhappy and dreadful. Both his parents wanted a girl instead of a boy, so he wasn’t given a name right away. Instead at six months they asked a man of Arlington, Massachusetts to pick a name out of a hat for the nameless boy. His early unhappiness is what caused many of his poems to be dark and pessimistic; they usually talked about a not so American dream. Both of his brothers died, one of a drug over dose and the other of depression do to business failure later on in life. Robinson attended Harvard at the age of twenty-one, with the goal of trying to get his poems published in one of the Harvard literary Journals. As his success with poetry began to grow, Robinson won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1920.
The Road Not Taken is a very metaphorical yet soft poem. The narrator is standing at a fork in the road in the woods trying to decide which...