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Robert Lee Frost b San Francisco Mar 26 1874 d Boston Jan 29 1963 was one of Americas leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize An essentially pastoral poet often associated with rural New England Frost wrote poems whose philosophical dimensions transcend any region Although his verse forms are traditional--he often said in a dig at archrival Carl Sandburg that he would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse--he was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter and in the poetic use of the vocabulary and inflections of everyday speech His poetry is thus both traditional and experimental regional and universal After his fathers death in 1885 when young Frost was 11 the family left California and settled in Massachusetts Frost attended high school in that state entered Dartmouth College but remained less than one semester Returning to Massachusetts he taught school and worked in a mill and as a newspaper reporter In 1894 he sold My Butterfly An Elegy to The Independent a New York literary journal A year later he married Elinor White with whom he had shared valedictorian honors at Lawrence Mass High School From 1897 to 1899 he attended Harvard College as a special student but left without a degree Over the next ten years he wrote but rarely published poems operated a farm in Derry New Hampshire purchased for him by his paternal grandfather and supplemented his income by teaching at Derrys Pinkerton Academy In 1912 at the age of 38 he sold the farm and used the proceeds to take his family to England where he could devote himself entirely to writing His efforts to establish himself and his work were almost immediately successful A Boys Will was accepted by a London publisher and brought out in 1913 followed a year later by North of Boston Favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic resulted in American publication of
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