Happy birthday to Robert Frost, born on March 26, 1874! An American poet best known for his realistic portrayals of rural life and his use of simple words that mimicked every day speech in his poetry, Frost’s writing often explored questions of existence and human limitations.
Although Robert Frost’s writing often centered around life in New England, he was born in San Francisco; his family moved to Massachusetts after the death of his father. Frost briefly attended college and sold his first poem, “My Butterfly, An Elegy” in 1894. He married Elinor White in 1895, worked on a New Hampshire farm purchased for him by his grandfather and continued to write poetry. When the farm didn’t become successful, he worked as an English teacher. His first book of poetry, A Boy’s Will, was published in 1912 and for the rest of his career, Frost continued to teach and write poetry and plays, earning four Pulitzer Prizes. He was also awarded 40 honorary college degrees, a Congressional Gold Medal and was named Poet Laureate of Vermont.
Robert Frost died in Boston on January 29, 1963 and was buried in Bennington, Vermont. His epitaph quotes his poem, “The Lesson for Today”: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”
If you haven’t read any of Robert Frost’s work since high school, now is the perfect time to get reacquainted! Click the images below to view these books in our catalog.