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Robert Frost

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Born on 26 March 1874 in San Francisco to Isabelle Moodie and William Prescott Frost Jr., Robert Lee Frost gained distinction not only as one of the most accomplished poets ...

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Zogas Peter

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

..., Robert ( 1874–1963 ), poet , educator , and among the most celebrated American writers of the twentieth century. Frost was born in San Francisco, California. Following the death of his father in 1885 , Frost's mother moved the family to Lawrence, New Hampshire, where Frost excelled in academics and met his future wife, Elinor White . Frost briefly attended Dartmouth College in 1892 and held various teaching positions until 1897 , when he enrolled at Harvard University; however, his dislike of formal education and increasing health problems led him...

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William Pritchard

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...more of “Life”.’ Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays , ed. Richard Poirier and Mark Richardson (Library of America, 1995 ), also contains a selection of Frost’s letters. Robert Frost: A Biography , by Lawrence Thompson and R. H. Winnick (Holt, 1981), is a one-volume edition of Thompson's three-volume biography. The Notebooks of Robert Frost , ed. Robert Faggen (2006), and The Collected Prose of Robert Frost , ed. Mark Richardson (2007), have been published by Belknap Press of Harvard University. See also Robert Frost: The Work of...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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10,378 words

...Homage to Robert Frost . New York, 1996. Three essays on the meaning and legacy of Frost's poetry and poetics as understood by three major transnational poets. Brower, Reuben . The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention . New York, 1963. Cady, Edwin H. , and Louis J. Budd , eds. On Frost: The Best from American Literature . Durham, N.C., 1991. Faggen, Robert . Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin . Ann Arbor, Mich., 1997. Faggen, Robert , ed. The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost . New York, 2002. A collection of essays on Frost in...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., Robert ( Robert Lee Frost ) ( 1874–1963 ), American poet , born in San Francisco; he grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, after the death of his father, a newspaper editor originally from New England, and was educated at Lawrence High school, where he was elected ‘class poet’ in his final year. He attended Dartmouth College in 1892 and, having worked as a cobbler, a farmer, and editor of a local newspaper, studied at Harvard from 1897 to 1899 . Following the appearance of one of his poems in the New York Independent in 1894 he privately published...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
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720 words

...Frost, Robert [ Lee ] ( 1874–1963 ) , member of a New England family, was born in San Francisco and taken at the age of ten to the New England farm country with which his poetry is identified. After a brief attendance at Dartmouth, where he disliked the academic attitude, he became a bobbin boy in a Massachusetts mill. A short period at Harvard was followed by further work, making shoes, editing a country newspaper, teaching school, and finally farming. This background of craftsmanship and husbandry had its effect upon his poetry in more than the choice of...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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2012
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Quotations
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85 words

...0Robert Robert Frost 1874 – 1963 American poet I never dared be radical when young For fear it would make me conservative when old. ‘Desert Places’ (1936) never dared be radical when young make me conservative when old make me conservative when old My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbours.’ ‘Mending Wall’ (1914) good fences make good neighbours Good fences make good neighbours Good fences make good ...

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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Quotation
Current Version:
2006
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Quotations
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338 words

...Robert Frost 1874 – 1963 American poet For, dear me, why abandon a belief Merely because it ceases to be true. Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt It will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favour. ‘The Black Cottage’ In Edward Connery Latham (ed.), The Poetry of Robert Frost (1971), 77 why abandon a belief truths being in and out of favour Sarcastic Science, she would like to know, In her complacent ministry of fear, How we propose to get away from here When she has...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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...Robert Frost 1874 1963 American poet My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, Good fences make good neighbours. ‘Mending Wall’, North of Boston (1914). This thought is an old one, as Burnam (1975) noted. ‘E. Rogers’ (1640), in a letter quoted in the Winthrop Papers, wrote: ‘A good fence helpeth to keepe peace between neighbours; but let us take heed that we make not a high stone wall, to keep us from meeting.’ And Apperson has, from the same year, a proverb: ‘Love your neighbour yet pull not...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0Robert Robert Frost 1874 – 1963 American poet I have been one acquainted with the night. ‘Acquainted with the Night’ (1928) acquainted with the night acquainted with the night …Life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. ‘Birches’ (1916) life is too much like a pathless wood too much like a pathless wood your face burns and tickles tickles with the cobwebs one eye is weeping twig 's having lashed across it I'd...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Robert Robert Frost 1874 – 1963 American poet I have been one acquainted with the night. ‘Acquainted with the Night’ (1928) acquainted with the night acquainted with the night …Life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. ‘Birches’ (1916) life is too much like a pathless wood too much like a pathless wood tickles with the cobwebs I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. May no...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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Quotation
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2008
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...into being Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. E. S. Sergeant Robert Frost (1960) poetry is a way to taking life taking life by the throat taking life by the throat I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down. E. Lathem Interviews with Robert Frost (1966) as soon write free verse as soon write free verse play tennis with the net down Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation. L. Untermeyer Robert Frost (1964) poetry is what is lost what is lost in translation what is lost in...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
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1,234 words

...evil in the Garden. The Ax-Helve , 1923 Something there is that doesn't love a wall. Apart from the symbolic resonance, Frost was referring literally to the tendency of stone walls to fall apart. He disliked the outdated state requirement that he help his neighbor to rebuild a stone wall Mending Wall , 1914 We go to college to be given one more chance to learn to read in case we haven't learned in high school. cited in Jay Parini, Robert Frost: A Life [1999] And were an epitaph to be my story, I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me...

Frost, Robert Lee

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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25 words

..., Robert Lee ( 1874–1963 ), American poet : lives in Beaconsfield 1912–15 ; visits Dymock 1914 and 1957 . A Boy's Will 1913 , North of Boston 1914...

Frost, Robert (Lee)

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John McLaughlin and Michael Hovland

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...and “Fire and Ice.” Other settings that include texts by Frost are by Eugene Butler ( Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening ), John Musto ( Two by Frost ), Andrew Violette ( The Death of the Hired Man ), Marga Richter ( Into my Heart ), René Clausen ( The Road not Taken ), and William Horne ( Songs for Ellen ). Bibliography J. Gould : Robert Frost: the Aim was Song (New York, 1964) E. Forbes : “Americana,” American Choral Review , xvi/4 (1974), 40 L. Thompson and R.H. Winnick : Robert Frost: a Biography (New York, 1981) M.A. Hovland : Musical...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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History
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283 words

..., Robert Lee ( 1874–1963 ) US poet who did much to popularize contemporary poetry. He received forty-four honorary degrees and many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize ( 1924 , 1931 , and 1937 ). Frost was born in San Francisco and on his father's death ten years later was taken to New England by his mother. His affinity for New England, where he spent most of his life, permeated his poetry, and it is as a regional poet that he is best remembered. An inauspicious education at Dartmouth College and Harvard (he never completed a college course to obtain...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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78 words

..., Robert Lee ( 1874–1963 ) US poet . His work was shaped by the landscape of his native New England and by the fusion of colloquial idioms and traditional rhythms. His first two volumes of lyric poems, A Boy's Will ( 1913 ) and North of Boston ( 1914 ), established his reputation. His best-known poems include: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “The Road Not Taken”, and “Mending Wall”. He received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry ( 1924 , 1931 , 1937 , 1943...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Robert [Lee] ( 1874–1963 ) American poet A Boy's Will ( 1913 ) Poetry North of Boston ( 1914 ) Poetry Mountain Interval ( 1916 ) Poetry New Hampshire ( 1923 ) Poetry West-Running Brook ( 1928 ) Poetry Collected Poems ( 1930 ) Poetry A Further Range ( 1936 ) Poetry A Witness Tree ( 1942 ) Poetry A Masque of Reason ( 1945 ) Drama A Masque of Mercy ( 1947 ) Drama Steeple Bush ( 1947 ) Poetry In the Clearing ( 1962 ) ...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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339 words

...spirit, both in his life and work, expressed in such poems as ‘Fire and Ice’ ( 1923 ) and ‘Bereft’ ( 1928 ), which led to Lionel Trilling 's praise of him, on the occasion of his 85th birthday, as a ‘poet of terror’. Frost recited his poem ‘The Gift Outright’ at the 1961 inauguration of President Kennedy. The Notebooks of Robert Frost were published in 2007...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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...Frost, Robert Lee ( 1874–1963 ) American poet , he moved at the age of 10 from San Francisco to the New England farm country of which his poetry was to be so deeply expressive. In 1912 he came to England, where he published his first volumes of poems, A Boy's Will ( 1913 ) and North of Boston ( 1914 ), which contains ‘Mending Wall’ and ‘The Death of the Hired Man’; he met the Georgian poets, and formed a close friendship with Edward Thomas . Upon his return to New England in 1915 he settled in New Hampshire. His volumes include Mountain...

Frost, Robert [Lee]

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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...Clearing ( 1962 ), later lyrics. The standard collected edition is The Poetry of Robert Frost ( 1969 ), edited by Edward C. Lathem . His correspondence appears in Letters to Louis Untermeyer ( 1963 ) and Selected Letters ( 1964 ), edited by Lawrance Thompson . Thompson published a controversial full biography—as official biographer— Robert Frost (3 vols., 1966–77 ), giving a harsh view of the poet. A less tendentious treatment is by William H. Pritchard , Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered ( 1984...

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