Wednesday, April 17

Facts about Robert Lee Frost

Step into the fascinating world of one of America's most beloved poets-Robert Frost. Let's delve into his life and works, and discover what made him a literary icon. 

Robert Frost.  

 

This week’s famous poet is Robert Frost. Last week’s famous poet was John Keats

Understanding the life of Robert Frost, a renowned poet and teacher, can provide a deeper appreciation for his work. Born in San Francisco, California, to William Prescott Frost Jr. and Isabelle Moodie, he had one sibling. His life experiences undoubtedly influenced his unique perspective and the themes he explored in his poetry.

 

Continue reading to find out more about Robert Frost. 

 

Here is a list of some poems by Robert Frost: 

  • Ghost House
  • October
  • Storm Fear
  • Asking for Roses
  • Blueberries
  • Good Hours
  • Christmas Trees
  • The Telephone
  • The Moon
  • A Time to Talk

Parents/caretakers, be sure poems are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.



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Quick facts about Robert Frost: 

1. He was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. He died on January 29, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was eighty-eight years old. He died from a pulmonary embolism that caused a heart attack. He is buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.

2. His father died when he was eleven years old. His father died from tuberculous. 

3. The following is one of Robert Frost’s poems:


A Time to Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’

No, not as there is a time talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit. 

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Robert Lee Frost was named after Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee was a general in the Confederate army. Robert Lee Frost’s parents were both in education (teachers), so they decided to honor Robert Lee by naming their son after him.

5. In 1892, he graduated from Lawrence High School. He attended Dartmouth College for about two months. In 1897, he went to Harvard University. In 1899, he had to leave Harvard because he was ill.

6. Robert Frost had only one sibling, Jeanie Frost. In 1920, he had to commit her to a mental hospital.

7. Robert Frost married Elinor Miriam White and had six children. Elinor died on March 20, 1938.

Here is a list of their children:

  • Elliot Frost (1896-1900)
  • Lesley Frost (1899–1983)
  • Carol Frost (1902–1940)
  • Irma Frost (1903–1967)
  • Marjorie Frost (1905–1934)
  • Elinor Bettina Frost (1907-1907)

8. Robert Frost's exceptional talent and dedication to poetry earned him the distinction of being the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes. His contributions were further recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal, a testament to the profound impact of his poetry.

9. He got to read one of his poems at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration on January 20, 1961. 

Here is the poem he recited:

The Gift Outright

The land was ours before we were the land’s.

She was our land more than a hundred years

Before we were her people. She was ours

In Massachusetts, in Virginia,

But we were England’s, still colonials,

Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,

Possessed by what we now no more possessed.

Something we were withholding made us weak

Until we found out that it was ourselves

We were withholding from our land of living,

And forthwith found salvation in surrender.

Such as we were we gave ourselves outright

(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)

To the land vaguely realizing westward,

But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,

Such as she was, such as she would become.

 


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Books by Robert Frost and others: 

1. Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost by Robert Frost and Jay Parini

2. The Illustrated Robert Frost: 15 Winter Poems for Children by Robert Frost and Sloth Dreams Publishing

3. Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by Natalie Bober and Rebecca Gibbon

 

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children. 

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading my poet post!! If you find a mistake, please let me know. 

 

Tune in next week to learn some quick facts about Walt Whitman!

 

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”—Robert Frost

 

 

 

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