Creator / Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a famous and influential American poet. Americans probably know him best for "The Road Not Taken" or "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening", which are commonly taught to students beginning in elementary school.

Frost is one of the most iconic American poets there is. His work focused primarily on the joys of rural and rustic life, and used colloquial language frequently. He is also one of the most honored poets in American history, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime. He was also Poet Laureate of the US from 1958 to 1959.

We would list his books of poetry, but you wouldn't know them. Instead, we'll list his poems that you'll recognize:

Frost's work provides examples of:

  • At the Crossroads: "The Road Not Taken" is all about this. Or at least, it's commonly read to be all about this. Frost apparently meant it to be a satire of indecision, and was irritated in later years when he realized that people were taking it more seriously than he'd intended.
    "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..."
  • Farm Boy: A common character and narrator in Frost's poetry
  • Sugar Bowl: At first glance, a lot of his poems seem to take place here.
  • Throwing Out the Script: Frost himself did this at the Kennedy inauguration. He'd written a new poem but kept getting his notes mixed up, the winter sun was in his eyes and he couldn't see to read them anyway; finally he gave up and recited "The Gift Outright" from memory.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Trope Namer