Robert Frost’s poetry reflects the nature of his time, especially Robert Frost and the Depression. Robert Frost died in January 1963, almost three months after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He began writing more than 75 years earlier on a cold afternoon in San Francisco when he was only eleven years old. Robert Frost has had more influence on American literature than any other modern poet. Robert Frost and the Depression reflects not only Robert Frost’s time, but also much of American history. Robert Frost was much affected by hard times in America because his family were farmers and he grew up during the Great Depression.
Robert Frost and the Depression impacted Robert Frost’s poetry even after World War II and Robert Frost’s future books, including “A Witness Tree” (1942), “Collected Poems: 1938–1962″(1963), and “Last Word” (1967). There is no doubt that Robert Frost was a man of his times because many Americans shared similar feelings toward what went wrong with their lives. Robert Frost learned to read when he was four years old, so his parents bought him an encyclopedia set, which Robert Frost read to escape from the gloom of Robert Frost and the Depression.
Robert Frost’s mother, Isabelle Moodie, loved Robert Frost and taught Robert Frost how to read. Robert Frost father was named William Prescott, and Robert Frost never called Robert Frost father by his first name. Robert Wright was a hard-working farmer and Robert frost had no respect for him as a parent. In 1906, when Robert Wright died at 49 years old from tuberculosis, he left behind three children that he never knew because he traveled so much as a salesman selling shoes door-to-door.
The severe droughts throughout America during the 1930s created millions of ‘Okies’, or migrants who made their way westward in search of work to survive during Robert Frost and the Depression. Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California to William Prescott and Isabelle Moodie. Robert’s family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts when Robert was six years old because of Robert Frost’s health conditions after Robert Wright died. Robert Frost attended Lawrence High School, where Robert Frost graduated in 1892.
Robert then enrolled at Dartmouth College, but he needed money for tuition so Robert worked as a teacher while studying there during the 1890s. During this time Robert founded a magazine called “The Independent,” which published many of his early poems including “My Butterfly: An Elegy” (1915). In 1899, Robert dropped out of college and moved to New Hampshire to focus on writing poetry full-time because Robert could not afford to go back to Robert college. Robert then married Elinor White, Robert Frost’s first wife. Robert and Robert then moved to England so Robert could study literature at Oxford University for a year.
Robert Frost returned from his trip to Europe in 1900 with Robert daughter, Lesley. Robert Moodie was born during this time as well. Robert Frost published two books before the beginning of World War I: “A Boy’s Will” (1913) and “North of Boston” (1914). After the war ended, Robert began writing more frequently including “New Hampshire” (1923), which won him the first of four Pulitzer Prizes he would win during his life. During this time period also had three sons that were Robert Frost’s: Elliot, born in 1915; Lesley, born in 1917; and Carol, born in 1920.
Robert was the only son who survived past infancy because all of Robert died during their childhoods from various illnesses. Despite the fact that America had just emerged from the Great Depression by 1936, when “A Further Range” was published, it reflected how prosperous many Americans thought they were. In 1940, when his last book of poetry before World War II was published titled “A Witness Tree,” he wrote about the prosperous pre-war American society when America was still isolating itself from much of Europe in a poem called “The Silken Tent.
In Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” the speaker of the poem has been on a long journey. When he looks back on his path, he realizes that there were two options in front of him at a fork in the road where one went left and one right. The speaker says that while some may have seen the roads as being very different from each other, he recalls being told at one time or another that it would be impossible to ever distinguish just how different any two paths could really be. He chooses to take neither road and instead walks down a third road which eventually meets up with the other two roads.
In Robert Frost’s poems, Robert Frost discusses frequently about his views on human nature and human life under general themes such as truth, morality and imagination. Robert Frost wrote during the “modernist” period of literature, meaning that Robert Frost’s poetry reflected Robert Frost’s own views on human nature as Robert Frost saw it. This included Robert Frost’s thoughts on man vs society, which Robert Frost sometimes discussed through poems like Robert Frost’s poem entitled “The Road Not Taken.”
Robert Faggen is an American professor who has written many academic articles about Robert Frost’s poetry. Robert Faggen states that “The Road Not Taken” is one of Robert Frost’s most popular poems (Faggen para 1). Some critics believe that this poem was autobiographical in the sense that it reflects how Robert Frost himself often felt his life was a journey where he had to make some large decisions.
Robert Faggen also states that Robert Frost’s poetry often varies in terms of Robert Frost’s opinions on human nature and Robert Frost’s themes such as truth, morality and imagination (Faggen para 4). Robert Faggen states that Robert Frost once wrote a letter to R.H. Winnick wherein he discussed how Robert Frost felt about topics such as “the life of man” and “sin,” along with his thoughts on what poems like Robert Frost’s poem entitled “The Road Not Taken” could mean (Faggen para 5 – 6).
Robert Southard, another literary critic who has written many academic articles about Robert Frost’s poetry, describes the theme of Robert Frost’s poem entitled “The Road Not Taken” as Robert Frost’s thoughts on how Robert Frost felt at certain points during Robert Frost’s life that Robert Frost had to make decisions. Robert Southard states that Robert Frost once wrote a letter to Arthur Benson wherein Robert Frost described his own choice between following his own path or choosing society’s path (Southard para 3).
Robert Faggen, Southard and many other literary critics have written many articles about Robert Frost’s poetry. There are also many annotated bibliographies available online where readers can read more academic articles about Robert Frost’s poems.
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The nineteen forties were very dark times for Robert, because Robert became very ill with what appeared to be leukemia. He then received treatments in Boston, including experimental radiation treatment that killed him. As if this was not enough tragedy to besiege the Frost family, Elinor died unexpectedly of complications from surgery to remove a tumor on her pituitary gland.