In the 20th century, Robert Frost was one of the most honored and well known American poets, and he might have even been the most popular. He is one of the most famous poets in the world to ever live, and his legacy still lives on today even 55 years after his death. He worked very hard to be as well known as he is today, and his hard work paid off, because he will forever be one of the most famous poets in history.
According to poets.org, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874, and died in Boston, Massachusetts on January 29, 1963. His father was William Prescott Frost Jr.
who was a journalist, and his mother was Isabelle Moodie, and he had a younger sister named Jeanie. William and Isabelle moved to San Francisco in 1873, the year before Robert was born. William died when Robert was 11 and Jeanie was 9 from tuberculosis, so Isabelle took the kids and went to Lawrence, Massachusetts and moved in with William’s parents (poets.org). Phillip Gerber says that Robert became interested in poetry during high school in Lawrence.
He shared valedictorian honors with the girl he was in love with, Elinor White, and they graduated at the top of their class(Phillip Gerber, 1999). As Phillip Gerber states, Elinor and Robert married in 1895, two years after Frost dropped out of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. They had six children together, two who died at a young age, one son, and three daughters. He enrolled to Harvard University in 1897 but left after two years. Robert paid the bills by teaching and farming, which he wasn’t very good at, and he continued to write poetry even though publishers weren’t interested in his work. Finding no luck with his poetry career in the United States, he decided to move him and his family to London, where he met many famous poets.
He met Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, and Robert Graves, all who helped him publish and promote his work (Phillip Gerber, 1999).Poets.org says that at the start of WWI in 1915, Frost and his family moved back to America, and he had a decent reputation. Thanks to the poets he met who helped him, people knew who Robert was, and he published two works of his, North of Boston and A Boys Will while in London. With his collection of published poems and books grew, so did his fame, and by the 1920’s, Robert Frost was the most celebrated poet in America.
His wife was a major inspiration for his work, until she died in 1938. After that, Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and in 1958 he became a poetry consultant for the Library of Congress. At President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961, Frost read a poem and JFK said “He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding.” Robert Frost finished his life working as a teacher in Massachusetts and Vermont until he died in 1963.