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Robert Frost

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Allix Goldhahn

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Robert Frost

Famous Poet: Robert Frost
Robert Frost: Poet and Playwright
Robert Frost Biography
Robert Frost is a very well known man. He wrote a lot of poetry and wrote many plays. He lived in San Francisco, CA as a child. His parents were William Prescott Frost, Jr. and Isabelle Moodie. After his father died in 1885, he moved to New England. He graduated from Lawrence High School and was a Co-Valedictorian with the love of his life, Elinor. He first attended Dartmouth College long enough to be accepted by the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Later on, he returned home picking up the little jobs he could, such as delivering newspapers, and factory labor. He proposed to Elinor in this time, but she turned him down wanting to finish college at St. Lawrence University. Once she said no, he decided to go back and teach at Salem. In Salem he wrote a poem, "The Butterfly," and went back to Lawrence to ask Elinor to marry him. Again she said no. This made Frost quite depressed. He stayed in Lawrence and worked as a newsreporter for the Lawrence Daily American and Setinel. Once Elinor was done with college the two of them got married. They had their first son and named him Elliot. After he was born, Robert went off to Harvard University to study liberal arts for two years. After he finished his two years, he got to spend his life with Elinor and his son. Soon they had more children; Lesley, Carol, Elinor, Irma, and Marjorie. His kids did not have the best luck in life. Only two kids outlived their father.The rest died because of an illness and one died of suicide. One of the children died just three days after birth. This caused Elinor and Robert Frost to suffer from depression. Elinor soon was diagnosed with breast cancer and later died of heart failure in 1938.Many things throughout Robert's life inspired him to write the poetry he did. Some of those things were the deaths of his children, his wife's death, and the depression that he went through. Robert Frost lived from March, 26, 1874 to January 29, 1963. He was a very successful man, even though he went through so much in his life. He is truly an inspiration.
My favorite piece of his writing
My favorite piece of writing by Robert Frost is "The Road Not Taken." It describes the choices you make in life. There's two ways to go. The easier way of living life or the harder way of life. Many people take the easier way. That's because they don't want to stress or worry or suffer from the bad things that could happen in your life. Robert Frost took the road that wasn't taken nearly as much and he was a very strong man. He had six children and the day he died. He only had one child left. "I took the one less traveled by.
And that has made all the difference."
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening
-Robert Frost
Stopping by the woods on a Snowy Evening
The setting of the poem is right by the woods. The poem is decribing the woods as they fill up with snow, and how peaceful it is to just sit by and watch. These woods belong to someone else, but he is not around. He doesn't think the man would mind him stopping by his woods.The horse is confused on why they stopped, but Robert is just enjoying the beauty of the gleaming woods. This poem could possibly have a deeper meaning. Robert could possibly be talking about how sometimes it's nice to just glance at other people's lives and their belongings and see how lucky they are to have such a nice thing in their life. In life sometimes you just have to stop everything that is going on, and just take a moment to sit, watch, and understand everything else that is going on around you.
Rhyme Scheme
A,A,B,A
B,B,C,B
C,C,D,C
D,D,D,D
Meter
Iambic, Tetrameter
4 repetitions of unstressed
and stressed syllables
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