Robert Frost Inspiration

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost was a critically acclaimed american poet. His life was full of heartbreak and sorrow. He wrote about his own thoughts about life and often writes about nature. He gets his inspiration of nature from his home in New Hampshire. He also frequently wrote about his wife and her beauty. Robert Frost wrote many poems during the span of his lifetime. Robert Frost’s work illustrates his wife, the nature that surrounded him and life lessons that he had learned.
Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874. He lived in San Francisco until the death of his father forced his family to move when he was 11. Frost, his sister and his mother
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He then began enrollment at Lawrence High School where he was co-valedictorian with his future wife, Elinor White. Frost went on to attend Dartmouth College. After a little less than a semester, Frost returned to his home and proceeded to work odd jobs (Biography Staff). It wasn’t until his first work, “My Butterfly”, was published in a New York newspaper, and he caught his break. Shortly after his poetic debut, he proposed to Elinor (Robert Frost Staff). Elinor was a very big inspiration for much of the work that Frost would come to write later in his life (Cummings). In 1897, Frost continued his schooling at Harvard University. After two years in 1899, Frost dropped out of school due to his decline in health. By the beginning of the 20th century, Frost had two children and had just moved to his Grandparents farm in New Hampshire. In 1900, Frost experienced the next emotional blow to his life, but not his last. Soon after their move to New Hampshire, Frost’s first child, his son Elliot, died from cholera. Elinor would go on to give birth to 6 children in total: Elliot, whom died of cholera, Lesley; Carol, who…show more content…
His home in New Hampshire was the setting for most of his poetry (Biography Staff). One of his most famous poems talks about himself walking in the woods, “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;” (Frost). He uses the timber of New England as the backdrop of most all of his poetry. Frost grew to using nature as his main setting while he lived on his farm in New Hampshire. He had written much of his work in America before he packed his bags and moved to England. Many of his works published in England are heavily inspired by his home in New Hampshire (Cummings). The most convincing piece of evidence to support this claim is the name of one of Frost’s books. The title of the book is “New Hampshire” and it is comprised of several works, all of which are set or inspired by nature.
Another inspiration for Frost’s work is his wife. Elinor was the inspiration for Frost’s very first poem, “My Butterfly”. The poem talks about how the narrator is sad about his love not being with him. One of his lines reads, “When that was, the soft mist - Of my regret hung not on all the land”. He is talking about how he was never sad when they were together. Frost wrote this poem before he was married to Elinor. He feared that she was falling in love with another man (Cummings). Soon after
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