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Research Paper How Robert Frost’s Life Experiences Created His Individuality and Affected His Poems Robert Frost has been considered as the most widely known and the most appreciated American poet of the twentieth century since he was preeminent and talented. There is an old saying that “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” In fact, innate gift was just a small section that led Frost as a successful and influential poet. People cannot imagine that how assiduous and diligent he worked, and how he has been through so many hardships to achieve his accomplishment eventually. He was not only a celebrated poet; meanwhile, he was people’s role model, student’s good teacher and helpful friend, also reader’s soul mate. Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. He spent the first 12 years of his life there. Until his father, William Prescott Frost Jr., died of tuberculosis. Following his father’s passing, his mother brought the family to the town of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1885; therefore he was so intimately associated with rural New England. One tends to forget that the first landscape printed on his imagination was both urban and California. He started to write poems when he was 16; and in 1894, at the age of 20, his first published poem appears in the Independent. In 1895, he married his wife Elinor Miriam White, which was his high school sweetheart, and they had six children afterward. In 1897 to 1899, he attended Harvard College as a special student but never gained a formal degree. Since he worked so hard so his great effort obtained recognition eventually; for instance, he received a Pulitzer Prize for “New Hamphire” in 1924, his third Pulitzer Prize for “A Further Range” in 1937, and his fourth Pulitzer Prize for “A Witness Tree” in 1943. Furthermore, Durham University awards him the Doctor of Letters and he served as Delegate to World Congress of Writers in Sao


Cited: Frost, Robert. Collected Poems, Prose & Plays. 1st ed. Vol. 1. New York: Library of America, 1995. Print. Gerber, Philip L. Robert Frost,. 1st ed. New York: Twayne, 1967. Print. Oster, Judith. Toward Robert Frost: The Reader and the Poet. 1st ed. Vol. 1. Athens: University of Georgia, 1991. Print. Parini, Jay. Robert Frost: A Life. 2nd ed. New York: Henry Holt, 1999. Print. "Robert Frost, Realist and Symbolist." Robert Frost, Realist and Symbolist 4 July 1920: 1-2. Print.

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