Robert Frost Accomplishments

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Understanding the poems of a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry is no easy task without extensive knowledge on the background of the poet’s life. As we see in all literature, understanding what a poet is truly trying to convey is often heightened by reflecting on the experiences that the poet has had. For Robert Frost, his life consisted of a multitude of unconventional events that each had a great influence on his poetry. From the tragedies of the deaths of his wife and three out of his five children to the death of his own father at age eleven to his constant moving of homes, Frost never fell short of inspiration for his poetry (“Robert Frost”). Despite these hardships that Frost faced, the most difficult periods in his life were those that fostered the most fruitful times for his poetry, which …show more content…
Pound reviewed his books A Boy’s Will and North of Boston in a “favorable light” and Edward Thomas became an important colleague, as he was the inspiration for Frost’s most well-known poem, “The Road Not Taken” (“Robert Frost”). From this moment on, Robert Frost’s career as a poet was launched and he was widely accepted by the literary world (“Robert Frost”). He then was able to hold positions as a teacher or lecturer at more than 8 universities across the board. Amidst the successes in his life, some of Frost’s poetry has a darker side that is likely the result of the tragedy that he went through in his life. Frost suffered from a series of family disasters around the 1930s. Specifically, his youngest child, Marjorie, died a slow death from the puerperal fever, his wife, Elinor, died of surgery complications, and his son, Carol, committed suicide in 1940 (“Robert Frost”). Poems such as “Desert Places”, which has a lonely and depressed tone, reflect some of the emotions that Frost had to endure during his

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