Robert Frost

Robert Frost

About Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He is considered the most popular poet in the United States and is one of the most important poets of the 20th century, even if he cannot be clearly assigned to any modern literary Movement. He was also a translator and playwright. He published his first poem entitled My Butterfly: An Elegy, which appeared on the front page of the New York Independent in November 8th, 1894. In the next few years he managed to publish another twelve poems in newspapers. In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, who became the greatest inspiration for his poems until her death in 1938. The couple moved to England in 1912, after their farm went bankrupt. It was abroad that Frost met and was influenced by a number of contemporary British poets such as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Robert Graves. While in England, Frost befriended the modernist poet Ezra Pound, who helped him promote and publish his work. By 1915, by the time of his return to the USA, Frost had already published 2 complete collections: A Boy's Will and North of Boston, with which his reputation was fully established. In the 1920s he was the most famous poet in the U.S.A. and with each new book his fame and honors grew. He also received the Congressional Gold Medal but never the Nobel Prize in Literature.
His works are primarily associated with the mystery, fear and sacredness inherent in the wilderness and setting of New England natural life and landscapes; although he was a poet who used traditional forms and metrics, he remained detached from the literary movements and fashions of his time, describing himself as a neo-romantic. Frost is a prosecutor of the British romantic poet William Wordsworth, immersed in the American metaphysical line of the transcendalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, and of Emily Dickinson. He tends to go beyond what nature shows in the representation: he tends to the internal music of things, to their unveiling. His usual meter is free iambic and the rhythm is in itself a representation, an image.
Robert Frost was one of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's favorite poets - (to whom he wrote a poem for his presidential inauguration in 1961) - who sent him on a diplomatic-cultural mission to the USSR with Nikita Khrushchev). He was mentioned in Bernard Malamud's Dubin's Lives. Frost lived many years in Massachusetts and Vermont.
Robert Frost died in Boston, in a clinic, on January 29, 1963, of complications following prostate surgery for the removal of a malignant tumor, at the age of almost 89.

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