Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about Robert Frost.Robert Frost was one of the most important and famous poets of the 20th century, the author of such monumental poems such as "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." His poems were melancholic and sophisticated explorations - not only his famous portraits of rural New England, but also subtle explorations of topics such as death.Frost and his family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1885, following the death of his father when he was 11. Though he attended both Dartmouth and Harvard University, he never completed his college career. Instead, he rambled through a series of jobs - teaching, delivering newspapers, and factory jobs. But he hated these side jobs, and he became more and more drawn to poetry, which he had discovered in high school.By the time he was 20, he sold his first poem to the New York Independent, "My Butterfly: An Elegy," in 1894 for the then-substantial amount of $15. Shortly thereafter, Frost married and worked a farm in New Hampshire, using the early morning hours to write what would become some of his signature works.Frost would move his family to England in 1912, where his first book of poetry - A Boy's Will - was subsequently published. He found a place in the English artistic community, and poet Ezra Pound became one of his earliest champions, though Frost would later grow to resent him. Frost returned to America during World War I, and won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1924.He spent his career teaching at both Amherst College, and Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Conference in Vermont until as late as 1963. Frost's traditional style of poetry, free from experimental flourishes, helped make his work a continuing classroom staple. Frost struggled with depression, and confronted a great deal of tragedy. He lost his wife in 1938, and only two of his six children outlived him.Still, the popularity of his work launched Frost into celebrity status. Public and television appearances increased his profile, culminating with a reading at John F. Kennedy's inauguration.He died in 1963, the most famous and important American poet of his day. His epitaph takes a line from one of his poems: "I had a lover's quarrel with the world." Here's the last stanza of what may be his most famous poem, "The Road Not Taken:""I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere 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."Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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