Though Robert Frost has been gone for more than half a century—he died on January 29, 1963—his poems remain timeless, inspiring everyone from John F. Though most people know him for “The Road Not Taken,” there’s more to Frost than that—and according to him, we’ve all been interpreting that poem wrong anyway. HE WAS NAMED AFTER CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. Frost’s father, Will, ran away from home at a young age in an attempt to join the Confederate Army. Though he was caught and returned to his parents, the elder Frost never forgot his war heroes, and eventually named his son after one of them. HE WAS A COLLEGE DROPOUT—TWICE OVER. First, Frost attended Dartmouth for just two months, later explaining, “I wasn’t suited for that place. He got his second chance in 1897 at Harvard, but only made it two years before dropping out to support his wife and child.
15 FROM THE SALE OF HIS FIRST POEM. EZRA POUND HELPED FROST GAIN A FOLLOWING. As an established poet with a following, Ezra Pound exposed Frost to a much larger audience by writing a rave review of his first poetry collection, A Boy’s Will. Frost considered it his most important early review. The Road Not Taken” is often read at high school and college graduations as a reminder to forge new paths, but Frost never intended it to be taken so seriously—he wrote the poem as a private joke for his friend Edward Thomas. Frost was surprised when his readers began taking the poem to heart as a metaphor for self-determination. HE WAS THE FIRST POET TO READ AT A PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. Frost prepared a poem called “Dedication” for the ceremony, he had a hard time reading the lightly typed words in the sun’s glare.
Frost’s performance paved the way for later appearances by Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard Blanco. HE OUTLIVED FOUR OF HIS SIX CHILDREN. Of his six kids—daughters Elinor, Irma, Marjorie, and Lesley, and sons Carol, and Elliot—only two outlasted him. HE WASN’T MUCH OF A FARMER, ACCORDING TO HIS NEIGHBORS. Though Frost adored living the bucolic life on his 30-acre farm in Derry, New Hampshire, his neighbors weren’t exactly impressed with his skills. Even if his farming skills weren’t up to par with the pros, the estate itself did wonders for his writing. According to Frost, “I might say the core of all my writing was probably the five free years I had there on the farm down the road a mile or two from Derry Village toward Lawrence. The only thing we had was time and seclusion. I couldn’t have figured on it in advance. I hadn’t that kind of foresight.
People say I was influenced by Robert Frost’s poem, and of course I was,” Martin has said. Fire is love, fire is passion, fire is sexual ardor and all of these things. NO ONE HAS MATCHED HIS PULITZER PRIZE RECORD. Frost took home the award in poetry a whopping four times. No other poet has yet managed to win on four occasions. HIS EPITAPH IS TAKEN FROM ONE OF HIS POEMS. I had a lover’s quarrel with the world. I’d have a short one ready for my own.
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world. Joined the French Foreign Legion before the U. To the Painter Preparing to Draw M. Song “Why so pale and wan, fond lover? Charge of the Light Brigade from Locksley Hall Sixty Years After, Etc. The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year. Finalists have been announced since 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner. In its first 92 years to 2013, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry was awarded 92 times.