“A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
“Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”
“You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.”
“Don't be agnostic - be something.”
Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26, 1874. He was an American poet. He realistically portrayed rural life in New England. He used them to critique social and philosophical themes. Throughout his lifetime he received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Frost was born in San Francisco, California. His father was William Prescott Frost Jr., a journalist, and his mother was Isabelle Moodie. He grew up in the city and published his first poem in his high school's magazine. He attended Dartmouth College for a couple of months. He sold his first poem "My Butterfly" in 1894 for fifteen dollars. He proposed to Elinor Miriam White but she refused him because she wanted to finish college first. He asked her later and she agreed. They were married in 1895. They had six children: Elliot, Lesley Frost Ballantine, Carol, Irma, Marjorie, and Elinor Bettina. Frost's grandfather bought them a farm upon which Frost worked for nine years. He was unsuccessful and so he became an English teacher at New Hampshire's Pinkerton Academy for five years. He left New Hampshire in 1912 and went to Great Britain with his family.
A Boy's Will, his first book of poetry, was published there. While in Great Britain, he met Edward Thomas, T.E. Hulme, and Ezra Pound. In 1915, Frost returned to America and bought a farm in New Hampshire from where he began his career of writing, teaching and lecturing. He taught English at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In 1924, he obtained his first Pulitzer Prize for New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. He later won Pulitzers for Collected Poems, A Further Range, and A Witness Tree. He received honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge and over forty other universities. He was the first, and only, person to receive two honorary degrees from Dartmouth College.
Frost's poetry is mostly associated with New England. He was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics but he remained aloof from the poetic movements of his time. He researched and questioned dark and universal themes in his poems. His poems are centrally congregated around rural life and nature. Some of his most well-known poems are: The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Acquainted with the Night, and Birches.