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Title: Robert Frost


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Robert Frost
  • 1.His life.
  • 2.His poetry.
  • 3.His contribution .

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His life
  • Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in
    1874. He moved to New England at the age of
    eleven and became interested in reading and

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writing poetry during his high school years in
Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was enrolled at
Dartmouth College in 1892, and later at Harvard,
but never earned a formal degree. Frost drifted
through a string of occupations after leaving
school, working as a teacher, cobbler, and editor
of the Lawrence Sentinel. His first professional
poem, "My Butterfly," was published on November
8, 1894, in the New York newspaper The
Independent .In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam
White, who became a major inspiration in his
poetry until her
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death in 1938. The couple moved to England in
1912, after their New Hampshire farm failed, and
it was abroad that Frost met and was influenced
by such contemporary British poets as Edward
Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves. While
in England, Frost also established a friendship
with the poet Ezra Pound, who helped to promote
and publish his work. By the time Frost returned
to the United States in 1915, he had published
two full-length collections, A Boy's Will and
North of Boston, and his reputation was
established.
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  • By the nineteen twenties, he was the most
    celebrated poet in America, and with each new
    bookincluding New Hampshire (1923), A Further
    Range (1936), Steeple

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Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)his fame
and honors (including four Pulitzer Prizes)
increased. Though his work is principally
associated with the life and landscape of New
England, and though he was a poet of traditional
verse forms and metrics who remained steadfastly
aloof from the poetic movements and fashions of
his time, Frost is anything but a merely regional
or minor poet. The author of searching and often
dark meditations on universal themes, he is a
quintessentially modern poet in his
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adherence to language as it is actually spoken,
in the psychological complexity of his portraits,
and in the degree to which his work is infused
with layers of ambiguity and irony. Robert Frost
lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts
and Vermont, and died on January 29, 1963, in
Boston.
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Enroll?? Dartmouth
College??????Harvard???? Formal???
degree??
drift?? string ???
occupation??
cobbler??? Editor??
publish???? The
Independent??? inspiration??
New Hampshire??
Influence??? contemporary????
Rupert Brooke??? Robert
Graves??? Establish??
Ezra Pound ?? ??? reputation??
Honor??
Pulitzer Prizes????? principally???
Associate??
landscape??
traditional??? Verse??
form ??
metric??

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Remained?? steadfastly???
aloof??? Poetic???
movement ??
meditation?? merely ??
regional??? universal???
quintessentially???
Adherence?? psychological????co
mplexity?? Portrait??
layer??
ambiguity???? irony??
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Nothing Gold Can Stay???????
His poetry
  • Nature's first green is gold,
  • Her hardest hue to hold.
  • Her early leaf's a flower
  • But only so an hour.
  • Then leaf subsides to leaf.
  • So Eden sank to grief,
  • So dawn goes down to day.
  • Nothing gold can stay
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The Road Not Taken???? 
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  • Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I
    could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I
    stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo
    where it bent in the undergrowthThen took the
    other, as just as fair,,

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  • And having perhaps the better claim Because
    it was grassy and wanted wearThough as for that
    the passing thereHad worn them really about the
    same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves
    no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first
    for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to
    way,
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  • I doubted if I should ever come back.
  • I shall be telling this with a
    sighSomewhere ages and ages hence
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, andI took the
    one less traveled by,And that has made all the
    difference.
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His contribution
  1. His contributions rest on his masterful uniting
    of iambic meter with the freedom of the spoken
    voice, which means Frost experiments with his
    style of setting traditional meter with natural
    rhythms of speech.
  2. In style, Frost loves "the old way of being new."
    For him, the traditional form is the essence of
    poetry, materials with which poets respond to
    flux and disorder by forging something

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permanent. "Writing free verse," Frost
thinks, "was like playing tennis without a net."
A good poem "begins in delight and ends in
wisdom."
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