Robert Frost left Harvard due to illness and worked on a farm for nine years. During that time he wrote a lot of poetry. He didn’t get much published and he was a poor farmer. After a few years working as a teacher, he sailed for England. He was 39 when his first book of poetry was published by Ezra Pound. He had been born in the 1870s and he was published shortly before the Great War.
He was then on the track to becoming the great Robert Frost, winning his first Pulitzer Prize ten years later.
Opinions on Frost have not always been so uniformly positive. Frost is a very traditional poet who published not in his youth when the forms and styles of his poetry were current, but during the high water mark of Modernism.
His favourite anthology was the Oxford Book of Victorian Verse, full of…
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