Name- Robert lee frost
Born- March 26, 1874
Died- January 29, 1963
Occupation- poet, playwright.Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
These lines depict the most common problems of life that include the problem of lack of confidence and courage. These lines are from the poem road not taken written by Robert Frost. The poem is published in NCERT books too because the poems give moral encouragement of following our own will. Sometimes thinking differently doesn’t mean you are wrong, but out of the box, thinking gives you the more different aspects of life.
San Francisco, California on march witnessed the pattern of tiny feet of the poetic legend Robert frost, in the quadrangle of the journalist William Prescott Frost and Isabelle Moodie. Frost’s father was a teacher and later pursued as an editor on the San Francisco evening bulletin. Frost deliberately studied and graduated from Lawrence high school in 1892. Later, frost’s mother joined the Swedenborgian church and had Robert baptized in it, but later left it as an adult. Frost grew up in a city and acquired the opportunity-got to publish his first poem in the high school magazine. In 1894 he sold his first poem “my butterfly and an elegy”. In his adult age, he fell in love and proposed Elinor Miriam white for marriage. Frost met many poets of England and become friends, especially after publishing his two famous poem volumes in 1913 a boy’s will and north of Boston in 1914.
One can never understand the pain behind the smile, the same happened with Robert-his father died when he was eleven leaving only 11 dollars for the family. Later his mother died due to cancer, his sister went through mental trauma and got admitted to the mental hospital where she died after 9 years. Robert had always been through extreme losses but his poem always concluded with the optimism of life. Losing his children due to influenza and later his wife due to breast cancer, made him weak but his optimism towards life was untarnished. Robert while talking about life quoted that; I have only three words to describe life: “it goes on”
The admirable work of Frost was getting recognition. LATER, his first poem got published in the journal. Then after, two of his poems the “the truth of the flowers and “the trial of existence” got published in 1902. But due to the lack of publishing houses, he moved to England for publishers. He got recognition very well in there and got published his first book reiterate above ‘a boy’s will’. His work in literature was very well appreciated in America, it was after world war I that Frost was forced to return to America.
Henry holt the publisher of frost from England remains with him for the rest of his life. The Atlantic monthly which rejected Frost work before. Asked him again for the poems, Robert intentionally sent them the same poem for which-he was rejected back in the early days.
There is an academic building named after Robert Frost at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. Frost was one of the favorite poets of John f. Kennedy. The first prime minister of India was very attached to the creations of Robert, the book of Frost was on the table beside Nehru bed- while taking his last breathes. His poem fire and ice inspired the title and other aspects of the famous fictional novel a song of ice and fire, later inspired, one of the most-watched series of the time Game of thrones. The verses of fire and ice poem was recited in the episodic video game Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.
His most famous poem nothing old to stay can be noticed in so many novels, movies, and miniseries like the outsiders and twilight saga.
Some of his best creations are these;
- “The Road Not Taken”
- “Fire and Ice”
- “Mending Wall”
- “Home Burial”
- “The Death of the Hired Man”
- “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
- “Acquainted with the Night”
- “Out, Out”
- “Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Achievements and awards
1922 Levinson Prize
1924 Pulitzer Prize for poetry
1928 Golden Rose Trophy
1931 National Institute of Arts and Letters
1937 Mark Twain Medal
1941 Gold Medal of the Poetry Society of America
1949 Gold Medal Limited Editions Club
1950 Unanimous Resolution in his honor and gold medal from the US Senate
1953 American Academy of Poets Award
1956 Medal of Honor New York University
1958 Huntington Hartford Foundation Award
1961 Participated in John F Kennedy&; s inauguration ceremonies
1962 Congressional Gold Medal
1963 Bollingen Prize in Poetry
1986 Inducted into the American; s Poet corner at Cathedral of St. John the Devine
At the end I will end this article with the quote of Robin Williams from the movie dead poet’s society.
No matter what people tell you, words and idea can change the world.