Robert Frost

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Robert Frost
Just twelve years short of being 100 years old, Robert Frost was an American poet who wrote about life experiences along with his perspective of nature in many different parts of the world. Frost was born in San Francisco, California in 1874, where he stayed until he was 11 years old. His father died in 1885 of tuberculosis, which forced him to move to Lawrence, Massachusetts with his mother and sister. Though, at the time, the move may have been unintended, it was beneficial to Frost’s career as a poet. He became interested in poetry while he was in high school, and continued his education at Dartmouth College in Vermont, as well as Harvard University in Boston. After college, Frost had pursued many different careers before he married his wife, Elinor White. They married in 1895 and moved to England in 1912. Frost’s poetry was heavily influenced by the time he spent in England and he reflected his experiences in many of his later works. The main theme for most of Frost’s poems may be considered “nature”; however his personal life is also reflected in his writing. Frost had faced much loss and grief in his personal life and as a reaction, his poems were sometimes depressing, dramatic and even more realistic than what he intended. Frost’s father’s death marked only the beginning of his journey and he had many personal losses to face in the future. After his mother died in 1900, 20 years later, his sister was committed to “a mental hospital, where she died nine years later”, though that was not the end of the events that drove him further into depression. Starting in 1904, Frost and his wife would lose four of their six children to various diseases. Out of four daughters and two sons, two of his daughters, Lesley and Irma, outlived their father. Frost’s wife, Elinor, was known to have “bouts of depression”, along with heart problems, throughout her life. His grief was deepened after she developed breast cancer in 1937, and died a year later of heart failure. Even though he had experienced death throughout his life at a young age, Frost pursued what he loved most, poetry. As reflected in many of his poems, Frost was depressed, though he continued on in his search for the answer to life. He wrote many poems on the subject of death, including “A Late Walk”, which describes his feelings of looking back at the memories of someone close to him that he lost. In this poem Frost explains that as he walks, he starts seeing things that remind him of the person he lost. The scene before he reaches the end is described; “the whir of sober birds up from the tangle of withered weeds… disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought, comes softly rattling down” which reflects that what he is seeing, brings back the memories he experienced with his once living friend. As the poem continues, he stops before the end of his walk and picks one “of the last remaining aster flower, to carry again to you” which symbolizes patience. In the end of the poem, Frost might be showing his love for the dead character and he will wait until he can see them again. This is not the only poem that Frost reflects his feeling of grief. He continued writing throughout his life while working various teaching jobs after returning to the Unites States in 1915. At that point, he had been married to Elinor a short time and was growing as a famous poet before he experienced any of the losses in his family. Frost’s poems were not only influenced by the negative aspects of his life, but also of the beauty he experienced in nature. The reflection of nature in his poems is based off of the time that he had spent in New England. Though his work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England, Frost is anything but merely a regional poet. Within two months of his arrival in England, Frost placed his first book of poems, A Boy's Will which was written in 1913 with a small London publisher, David Nutt. A year later, Frost also published another...
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