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Blank-verse poem by Robert Frost, published in 1923 as the title piece of a volume which won a Pulitzer Prize.

In this familiar monologue, the poet presents a witty defense of his manner of life and philosophic attitude. He describes New Hampshire as “one of the two best states in the Union. Vermont's the other,” and as a compact community having “one each of everything as in a show-case.” Answering the “glorious bards of Massachusetts” who “taunt the lofty land with little men,” he names friends among the New Hampshire people he admires and would not change. “I choose to be a plain New Hampshire farmer,” he says, in condemning extremists who demand that he take a radical attitude.

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Robert Frost (1874—1963) American poet