Robert Frost, Poet
His many books of poetry capture the Yankee soul, and the quintessence of New England living in the early 20th century.
Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963)
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was born in San Francisco, but his family had lived in New England for generations.
He moved to New England early in life, attended Dartmouth College and Harvard University without taking a degree, and later returned to teach poetry at Amherst College and Harvard.
Frost's poems usually take New England rural life as their settings, but in fact explore deeper, more universal philosophical themes.
Frost's poetic language is deceptively simple, supposedly echoing the plain speech of country people, but in fact tightly composed and evenly weighted.
Just about any American born before 1960 knows Frost's "The Road Not Taken:"
Two roads diverged in a yellow
Then took the other, as just as
And both that morning equally lay
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Winner of four Pulitzer prizes for poetry, Frost also read his poem Dedication at the inauguration of New England's own President John F Kennedy in Washington DC in 1961.