The Poetry Of Robert Frost, My Butterfly: An Elegy

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Sophia Eddy
English 10c
12 March 2015

Robert Frost The poetry of Robert Frost, which was influenced by personal background and by the Romantic literary period, has contributed to the American literary heritage greatly. Robert Frost was born on March 26,1874 in San Francisco, California. His parents were Isabel Moodie and William Prescott Frost. His father was an alcoholic and died of tuberculosis when Frost was only 11 years old. After the death of his father, him and his family moved to New England, where he grew up and graduated as valedictorian from Lawrence High school, where he also met his future wife, Elinor White. He then attended Dartmouth University for several months, but never graduated.

In 1894, he wrote his first poem; "My butterfly: an Elegy", which was published in a weekly literary journal in New York City. After the success of his first poem, he tried to propose to Elinor, but was turned down because she wanted to finish college first. After that, he decided to go on a trip to Virginia, and when he returned, he proposed , and she said yes. They were married on December 19, 1895 and had their first child, Elliot the following year.
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In 1900, his family moved to a poultry farm in New Hampshire that his grandfather bought for them. At this point on, Frosts life was filled with devastating events. In July 1900 his first son, Elliot died of cholera and a month after the move, his mother passed away from cancer. Between 1902 and 1907, they had 4 more children; Carol, Irma,Majorie, and Elinor. Elinor died weeks later from complications from

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