|FDC 1974 cachet by Fleetwood
Robert Frost was born in San Francisco
on March 26, 1874. He moved at the age of eleven to Lawrence, Massachusetts. where he became interested in reading and
writing poetry while in high school. He was enrolled at Dartmouth College in 1892, and later at Harvard, though he 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, "My Butterfly," was published on November 8, 1894,
in a New York newspaper ,The Independent.
Frost married Elinor Miriam White , In 1895, who became
a major inspiration in his poetry until her death in 1938. The couple bought and operated a Farm in Derry, New Hampshire,
while Frost taught at Derry's Pinkerton Academy. The couple moved to England in 1912, after their New Hampshire
and it was abroad that Frost met and was influenced by such contemporary British poets as Edward Thomas,
Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves. Yhough Frosts works are principally associated with the life and landscape of New England.
While in England, Frost also established a friendship with the poet Ezra Pound, who helped to promote and publish his work.
By the time Frost returned to the United States in 1915, he had published two full-length collections, A Boy's Will and
North of Boston, and his reputation was established. By the nineteen-twenties, he was the most celebrated poet in America,
and with each new book—including New Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple Bush (1947), and In the Clearing
(1962)—his fame and honors (including four Pulitzer Prizes) increased. President John F. Kennedy said, "He has
bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding".
He died in Boston on January 29, 1963.