Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

Today (March 26th) was American poet Robert Frost's birthday. He was born March 26, 1874 and passed away January 29, 1963.

Robert Frost is my father's favorite poet and consequently my dad gave me some of his many poems to study in my high school English classes. Being a young teen I didn't always understand the poems but grew to love them as they were explaimed to me through my dad and our study time.

Now that I'm older I appreciate Frost's work even more. The pictures of New England country life that he painted with words are so near and dear to me. I've lived in New England most of my life and I just love the climate and the thoughtful hardworking people who live here.

To me one of the loveliest scenes in New England is the old stone walls still visible today. I especially like the scenes in Autumn or Spring. These stone walls are a reminder of the history behind them. A time when simple farming folk and their animals survived year after year of harsh Winters, blooming Springs, warm breezy Summers and colorful Autumn harvests.

"He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
-Mending Wall, poem by Robert Frost

One of Robert Frost's most well known poem is The Road Not Taken, which tells the story of a man who came to a place where he had to make a choice between two roads. This is one of my favorites!

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

-The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Here are links to some of my other favorites of his work, well worth reading!

Have you read any Robert Frost? Which is your favorite poem?

What is your favorite thing about where you live? 

Sorry I haven't posted this week, it's been kind of crazy around here. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Very Truly Your's,

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Robert Frost is my mother's favorite poet. I have enjoyed his work very much! I love his poem The Road Not Taken!!!! It pretty much sums up how I feel about my life!


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