born in San Francisco in
his mother brought him to
New England at his eleven,
with which his poetry has
always been associated.
After graduating from high
school in 1892, Frost entered
Dartmouth College but
soon left it.
In 1897, he was accepted as a special student by
Harvard but withdrew after two years because
of his increasing dislike for academic
convention. For the next twelve years, Frost
made a minimal living by teaching and farming
while continuing to write his poems.
In 1912, he and his family moved to
England, where he found a publisher for
His first book of verse, A boy’s will (1913).
Determined to win recognition in his native
land, Frost returned to the US and settled on a
farm in his native land.
• Uses ordinary speech within
formal patterns of line and stanza
• Uses traditional forms and
structures while exploring modern
themes of alienation and isolation
• Frost believed that the poet's
response to modern life was to
revert back to traditional forms.
Frost’s poetry revolves around New England’s
nature. He saw nature as a storehouse of
analogy and symbol, so his concern with nature
reflected deep moral uncertainties.
His poetry often probes mysterious of darkness
and irrationality in the bleak and chaotic
landscapes of an indifferent universe.
The quest of the solitary person to make sense
of the world has become the central theme of
all Frost’s collections and made his poetry
among the most accessible of modern writers.
The poetry of Robert Frost combined pastoral
imagery with solitary philosophical themes.
•Frost rejected the revolutionary poetic
principles of his contemporaries, used
traditional forms such as the blank verse, plain
language of rural New Englanders, and a
•There is a steady tone of wry humor, and a
virtually inexhaustible verbal grace.
•He used symbols from everyday country life
to express his deep ideas.
•As a whole, Frost’s art is an act of
clarification, which, without simplifying the
truth, renders it in some degree accessible to
Won 4 Pulitzer Prizes,
Read poetry at a presidential inauguration.
Received honorary degrees from 44 colleges
Unofficial poet Laureate, one of the most
celebrated American’s modernist poets
• Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the
nonsense of those that think they talk sense
• Home is the place where, when you have to
go there, they have to take you in
• I’m not confused. I’m just well mixed
• A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a
sense of wrong, a homesickness, a