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The Early life of Robert Frost

The well known American poet Robert Frost was born on March 26 1874 in San Francisco California. He lived there with his mother, father, and sister until he reached the age of eleven. His mother along with him and his sister were left with no other choice than to leave San Francisco and move to Lawrence Massachusetts to his paternal grandfathers farm after his father died of Tuberculosis.
There he met his high school sweetheart Elinor, who accepted to marry Frost after he proposed for the second time. In 1894, Elinor inspired him to write his first poem "My Butterfly". They got married on December 19 1895 and a year later they had their first child, Elliot. Frost decided to attend Dartmouth and Harvard, but after a few months he had to return home due to the fact that Elliot got extremely ill and his wife was expecting their second child, Lesley.
Elliot died of Cholera at the age of four in 1900. After Elliot, Frost fell into a deep depression because of how unlucky he was in living a happy life with his wife and children. His son Carl committed suicide, his daughter Irma later developed a mental illness, his daughter Elinor died two weeks after birth, and his daughter Marjorie died giving birth.
In desperate search of a publisher to give him a shot, Frost moved his family to England in 1912. There he met poets Ezra Pound and Edward Thomas who influenced his career significantly with their wise words and advice.
One of Frosts most famous poems is "The Road Not Taken" which as written in 1916. Frost was inspired to write this poem by Edward Thomas because of his daily long walks over the English landscapes.
In 1915, Frost and his family were forced to return to America because of war. He bought a farm in Franconia New Hampshire and started working as a teacher in colleges around the area such as Dartmouth and the University of Michigan. His most significant was at Amherst College where he taught there for twenty two years and where they named their library after him.
Not being known for the first forty years of his life was defiantly not an issue when it came to recolonization and Frost lived to receive many awards. Such as receiving the Pulitzer Prize four times for his book he wrote later in life, Collective Poems, and Further Range. On January 29 1963, frost died of complications due to previous surgeries.

Thomson, John. "Robert Frost." Academy of American Poets, 18 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.

Pritchard, William H. "Frost's Life and Career--by William H. Pritchard and Stanley Burnshaw." Frost's Life and Career--by William H. Pritchard and Stanley Burnshaw. Modern American Poetry, 7 Jan. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.


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