Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California in the spring of 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost, Jr., was a teacher at the school, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie, stayed home and took care of Robert and his siblings. His father died when Robert was only eleven years old. This force the family to move across the country to Massachusetts to live with William’s father, William Prescott Frost, Sr. It was here that Robert received some of his best education, as his grandfather wanted Robert to learn.
After high school, Robert began working on poetry. It greatly captivated him, and when he was twenty years old, in the year 1894, Robert sold his first piece of poetry to the local newspaper. He realized that this was his calling, and that this was what he really loved to do. He soon met and married his wife, Elinor Miriam White Frost, and moved to New Hampshire to a farm that William Frost, Sr. had bought for the both of them. It was here that some of Frost’s best work came about, as much of it was inspired by the New Hampshire land.
Robert’s life was not an easy one. As previously stated, his father died at a very young age. His mother died what Frost was 26, and two of his sisters had to be admitted to a mental hospital, only to die a few months after. Frost had six children, but only two of them outlived their father. One of his children died at just three days old, another died at six years old from tuberculosis. This no doubt strained Frost to his limits at points, as losing a child is very difficult. In his poems, we can sometimes hear the despair coming from Frost as he laments the loss of his family.
Robert Frost was one of the most amazing poets of the 20th century, nonetheless. He brings so much personification, metaphors, and similes into his poems it’s hard to keep track sometimes. He is one of the most recognized poets, as well as the most studied. Robert Frost died in early 1963 due to prostate surgery. He is buried at Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.
My favorite poem by Robert Frost is “The Road Not Taken.”
I find it interesting because of multiple reasons. Frost titles the poem and makes its focus on the road not taken and not on the road that he has taken. This, of course, is not a real, physical road, but is a metaphorical road. Frost laments at the idea of refusing to go on the other road, but in the end, he says that choosing the road that he is currently on “made all the difference.”
Analysis and Evaluation
Device Example 1: Design, line 3: Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth – Metaphor
Rationale for selection: In this instance, Frost uses anti-personification. He says that the moth is like a cloth. Not many times do poets compare a living object to a none living object. It is obviously the other way around, hence the very definition of personification. It is a different way to use personification, and it is very creative too.
Device Example 2: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things, line 1 & 2: The house had gone to bring again/To the midnight sky a sunset glow – Simile and Personification
Rationale for selection: A house can’t bring anything to anything. This is obviously personification, as a house cannot move. At first, though, reading just this line can be very confusing. It is only in the next couple lines that the reader realizes that the sunset glow at midnight is really a house fire. This is very poetic and a good use of words to bring the house alive.
Merit of Studying Robert Frost
Robert Frost is probably one of the most recognized poets ever. When even non-poets here his name, they most likely will remember that he was a poet. He had a unique sense of watching the world and bringing the beauty of poetry into our life. The way his poems let us see the world could be compared to an optical illusion. We can see the world for what it is very easily. However, Frost, through his poetry, gives us another way to look at it. Most of his poems were like that, and that is one of the reasons he was and is so well known.
Another reason why Frost is so well known is the reason that we can learn from him by looking at his life, not just his poetry. As previously stated, Frost seemed to be a very serious man, because many of his children died, his dreams for his family seemed to be crushed as soon as the begun, and other things. Though all of these were devastating, Frost did not give up what he loved most. His circumstances did not change his attitude toward his passion of writing. He was not only a very serious man, but an adamant – possibly stubborn – man as well.