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Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Library of Congress, Modern American Poetry, Robert Frost Among His Poems by Jeffrey S. Cramer, “Robert Frost and the Poetry of Survival” by Jay Parini, The Robert Frost Encyclopedia ed. by Nancy Lewis Tuten and John Zubizarreta Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. “The Death of the Hired Man” ome is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in. Decoding Frost As a modernist poet, Frost understood that part of a poem’s context is the individual way each reader hears a poem. In this spirit, Frost describes how poems use sound to delight readers. The tension between sound and wildness helps Frost’s poems achieve the level of lasting art. Stacked Firewood Stands as a vivid artifact of a lost time and lost skills in “The Wood-Pile” Rocks Symbolize the stony nature of two neighbors, both set in their ways, in “Mending Wall” Flowers Represent a mourner’s recovery from loss and grief—a reentry into the world—in “The Tuft of Flowers” Symbols Selected Poems of Robert Frostby the Numbers Year Frost read a poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy Year Frost won his first Pulitzer Prize Amount Frost was paid in 1894 for publishing his first poem, “My Butterfly: An Elegy” Colleges where Frost was a poet-in-residence between 1939 and 1963—Harvard, Dartmouth, and Amherst 3 1961 1924 $15 Hailed as one of the great American poets, Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes and was an honorary consultant to the Library of Congress, frequently giving public readings. His work uses poetic form and vivid imagery of rural New England life to evoke human emotions, memory, and wisdom. ROBERT FROST1874–1963 Author Isolation & Mortality Language is used to rage at life’s tragedies, simultaneously devising ways to overcome sadness and find peace. Memory In many poems a particular sight stirs memory, developing an extended metaphor out of which a narrative is created. The parallel to that narrative is the truth the poem seeks. Ambivalence Frost’s speakers serve as reminders of the simultaneous validity of opposed ideas. THEMES The Quintessential New England Poet Robert Frost’s poetry ranges from strictly metrical forms to a looser, yet still musical mode of expression that mirrors everyday speech. Inspired by the wildness of the natural world and the mundane, day-to-day life of a New England farmer, Frost’s poems harness the delight of discovery through metaphor, revealing wisdom as they unfold. English Original Language 1913–62 Years Published Robert Frost Author Selected Poems of Robert Frost Nature Poetry

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