I am out of town this week, but to continue my blogging presence , I’ve decided to post One Robert Frost poem per day. I hope you enjoy these 5 that I’ve chosen for the week. It was a difficult choice, but all have millions of admirers throughout the years. First, something about Robert Frost.
Robert Frost was an American, 4 time Pulitzer-prize winning poet. Frost frequently wrote about settings from realistic rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using language and situations familiar to the common man to examine complex social and philosophical themes.
In 1958, Frost was named U.S. Poet Laureate, adding that distinction to more than 40 honorary degrees. In 1960, Congress awarded Frost the Congressional Gold Medal. A year later, at the age of 86, Frost was honored when asked to write and recite a poem for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. He died on January 29, 1963.
I’ll begin the week with one of Frosts most famous poems, “The Road Not Taken.” Frost credited Edward Thomas’s long walks over the English landscape as the inspiration for this most popular poem.
The Road Not Taken
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 marked 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.