Robert Frost: The Life of a Poet

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Robert Frost's words touch everyone who reads them and have become a standard for schools and libraries everywhere. The poet of freedom knew tragic joy for eighty-eight years. His days were not free of tears, though some have thought he was unduly optimistic. Despite problems at home and his rough start, he rose to become one of the greatest poets in American history. Using the New England countryside as a base for his poetry, Robert Frost quickly grew a reputation of being a "nature poet". He often used nature to symbolize morality and everyday emotions and problems that one must go through, but his poetry is darker than it might suggest. His poetry such as: "Home Burial", "Nothing Gold Can Stay", "The Dust of Snow", "Mending Wall", "Tufts of Flowers", and "The Road Not Taken" all use the New England countryside to symbolize either things that happened in Robert Frost's life or things that happened to everyone in life.

Robert Frost's magnificent life can only be summed up by the poet himself, "I had a lover's quarrel with the world." His words will remain forever as an echo of his greatness in everyone's lives who have ever read his poetry.

From the moment he was born on March 26, 1874, Robert Lee Frost was immersed in a chaotic environment with conflicting messages. Family legend says that William threatened to shoot the doctor if anything went wrong with his son's birth. Born to William and Belle Frost in San Francisco, California, Robert soon found out his parents had many differences. Robert's home life was marked by violence and the family made every effort to avoid upsetting the sick, unpredictable William every chance they could. On May 5, 1885 William Frost died of Tuberculosis and shortly after the rest of the family...