Frost vs Poe

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry, Short story Pages: 3 (1016 words) Published: November 8, 2012
Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Poe
Over the history of poetry there have been countless and countless numbers of poets, some good, some bad, and some who will be revered forever. Their many characteristics, backgrounds and life experiences affect their style of writing and allowed them to differ from one poet to another. Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost, two of the most known poets that have ever put pen to paper. Poe and Frost are two perfect examples of two poets that have had different life experiences, background and influences that make each poet’s writing unique and individual. Robert Frost, one of the most known poets in history, so much so that John F. Kennedy once said about him, “He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding.” Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 12, 1874, California until at the age of eleven he moved to New England. This transition from the West to East coast must have triggered something in the young Frost as he started to become interested in reading and writing poetry, something he continued to do throughout high school. Frost was enrolled in Dartmouth and later Harvard, although he never earned a degree from either school. Frost drifted in and out of jobs for the next few years while always writing and submitting his poetry until his first poem “My Butterfly” was published on November 8th, 1894 by New York newspaper, the Independent. A little less than a year later he married his wife, Elinor Miriam White, who was a major influence on his poetry until her unfortunate passing in 1938. Years after marrying Frost and White moved to England where Frost’s poetry career fully came to light. He became very influenced by poets such as Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves and Edward Thomas, he also met another poet of the time, Ezra Pound. Frost and Pound developed a close relationship with Pound helping to promote and publish Frost’s poems. By the time Frost and...
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