Robert Frost• Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874. He died January 29, 1963.• His father was a journalist, who died of tuberculosis when Frost was 11 years old. QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.• Frost moved with his mother to New England to live near family.• He didnt do well in college. He dropped out of both Dartmouth and Harvard without taking a degree.
Robert Frost • He wanted to marry his high school sweetheart and tried to impress her with a book of poems hed QuickTimeª and a written. She wasn’t decompressorare needed to see this picture. impressed. • He finally married the girl and supported himself as a teacher for a few years, writing poetry on the side.
Robert Frost• In 1900 his grandfather bought him a farm in Derry, New Hampshire, in hopes that it would give him a steady income. Frost never really took to farming, but it QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. gave him something to write about, and it was in those years on the farm that he began to write the poems that would make his name.
Robert Frost • He published his first two collections, A Boys Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), the latter of which QuickTimeª and a contains many of Frosts early decompressorare needed to see this picture. masterpieces, including "Mending Wall," "The Death of the Hired Man," "After Apple-Picking," and "Home Burial."
Robert Frost The Road Not Taken QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I could And both that morning equally layTo where it bent in the undergrowth. In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day!Then took the other, as just as fair, Yet knowing how way leads on to way,And having perhaps the better claim, I doubted if I should ever come back.Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing there I shall be telling this with a sighHad worn them really about the same. Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Emily Dickinson• Born December 10th in Amherst, Massachusetts (1830).• Dickinson spent one year in seminary school at Mount Holyoke, and then she moved QuickTimeª and a decompressor back in with her parents to take are needed to see this picture. care of the family household while her mother recovered from a nervous breakdown.
Emily Dickinson • She spent most of her adult life in her corner bedroom in her fathers house. The room contained a writing table, a dresser, a Franklin stove, a QuickTimeª and a decompressor clock, a ruby decanter, andare needed to see this picture. pictures on the wall of three writers: George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Thomas Carlyle. • She is famous for her style. She was a good observer of the world.
Emily Dickinson• She wrote on scraps of paper and old grocery lists, compiled her poetry and tucked it away neatly in her desk drawer.• She began collecting her handwritten poems into packets QuickTimeª and a decompressor of folded paper, stitching the are needed to see this picture. spines herself.• She eventually wrote more than 1,700 poems. In the year 1862 alone, she wrote 366 poems (about one per day).
Emily Dickinson• Emily Dickinson said, "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
Emily DickinsonI’m Nobody, Who Are You? Im nobody, who are you? Are you nobody too? Theres a pair of us, dont tell! Theyd banish us, you know! How dreary to be somebody! How public like a frog, To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!
Walt Whitman• Born in West Hills, Long Island, New York on May 31, 1819• He grew up in Brooklyn and lived in New York City for most of his life. He began working as QuickTimeª and a a printers assistant from a very decompressor are needed to see this picture. young age, and in the 40s and 50s he worked for a series of newspapers in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He always loved New York.
Walt Whitman• Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
Walt Whitman • It was in New York City, in 1855, that Whitman published the first edition of his poetry collection Leaves of Grass. He couldnt find anyone to publish it for him so he sold a house and QuickTimeª and a decompressorare needed to see this picture. used the money to publish it himself. There was no publishers name or authors name on the cover, just a picture of Whitman himself. He wrote the poems in a new style, a kind of free verse without rhyme or meter.
Walt Whitman• Ralph Waldo Emerson called Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed."• In the 1880s, the Society for the QuickTimeª and a decompressor Suppression of Vice called it are needed to see this picture. immoral in a Boston newspaper, and thats when it finally started to sell. Whitman used the money to buy a cottage in Camden, where he spent the rest of his life.
Walt Whitman O Me! O Life! O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filld with the foolish,Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renewd, Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here--that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Nikki Giovanni• Was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 7th, 1943, but raised in Cincinnati.• She gained early admission to Fisk University in Nashville, but QuickTimeª and a decompressor was kicked out at the end of her are needed to see this picture. first semester, as she later wrote, because her "attitudes did not fit those of a Fisk woman." But four years later she returned, and in 1967 graduated magna cum laude, earning a degree in history.
Nikki Giovanni • At Fisk, she became involved in both the Writers Workshop and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and was very active in QuickTimeª and a the Black Arts movement, a loose decompressorare needed to see this picture. coalition of African-American intellectuals who wrote radical poetry aimed at raising awareness of black rights.
Nikki Giovanni • Early in her career she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a QuickTimeª and a decompressor "National Treasure" and, mostare needed to see this picture. recently, one of Oprah Winfreys twenty-five "Living Legends."
Nikki Giovanni• She said, "I resent people who say writers write from experience. Writers dont write from experience, though many are hesitant to admit that they dont. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, youd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy." QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
Nikki Giovanni Love IsSome people forget that love istucking you in and kissing you"Good night"no matter how young or old you areSome people dont remember thatlove islistening and laughing and asking QuickTimeª and a decompressorquestions are needed to see this picture.no matter what your ageFew recognize that love iscommitment, responsibilityno fun at allunlessLove isYou and me
Langston Hughes• Born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.• His father divorced his mother and moved to Mexico when Hughes was just a baby. He was raised by his mother and grandmother, but after high school he went to Mexico to get to know his father for the first time. He was disgusted when he found that his father was obsessed with money and more racist than most white men Hughes had ever known.
Langston Hughes • He went to Columbia University for a year, but then he decided that he wanted to learn from the world rather than books. He quit college, hopped a boat to Africa, and as soon as the boat left New York Harbor, he threw all his college books overboard. He took odd jobs on ships and made his way from Africa to France, Holland, Italy, and finally back to the United States.
Langston Hughes• He got a job working as a busboy in a Washington, D.C., hotel, and one day he left three poems he had written next to the plate of the poet Vachel Lindsey. Lindsey loved them and read them to an audience the very next day. Within a few years, Hughes had published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues (1926).
Langston Hughes • He got involved in the Harlem Renaissance and started to write poetry influenced by the music he heard in jazz and blues clubs. • Hughes was one of the first African- American poets to embrace the language of lower-class black Americans.
Langston Hughes Dream Deferred What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?