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Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874 He moved to New England at the age of eleven and became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence Massachusetts He was enrolled at Dartmouth College in 1892 and later at Harvard but never earned a formal degree Frost drifted through a string of occupations after leaving school working as a teacher cobbler and editor of the Lawrence Sentinel His first professional poem The Butterfly was published on November 8 1894 in the New York newspaper The Independent In 1895 Frost married Elinor Miriam White who became a major inspiration in his poetry until her death in 1938 The couple moved to England in 1912 after their New Hampshire farm failed and it was abroad that Frost met and was influenced by such contemporary British poets as Edward Thomas Rupert Brooke and Robert Graves There are probably three things that account for Robert Frosts poetry In his poems he uses familiar subjects like nature people doing everyday things and simple language to express his thought His poems may be easy to read but not necessarily easy to understand Almost all of Frosts poems are hiding a secret message He easily can say two things at the same time For example in The Road Not Taken Frost talks about being a traveler but the hidden message is about decisions in life In lines 19 and 20 he expresses that he did the right thing by choosing to go down the path that made the difference Also in Birches lines 48-59 it shows that the poem is about being carefree Frost wishes he could be like the boy swinging from the birch trees The poem sets the picture of a boy swinging from the tree branches but he really is talking about being carefree He says that earth is the right place for love He says that he doesnt
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