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Robert Frost

Frost's image as elder statesman is vividly contrasted with his vigorous, poetic exploration of the darker forces of nature and the human condition. Readings and interviews with the poet reveal compelling insights into his work.

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Robert Frost was America’s leading pastoral poet. He demonstrated in his verse that nature is man’s most revealing mirror–and the clearest window into human personality. That conviction led him to explore the darkest forces of both nature and humanity. Some readers, comparing him to modernists like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, consider Frost a traditional poet. Others regard his work as complex and multilayered, wholly new in its own way. Frost himself evaded the question with characteristic understatement: “I am [not] un-designing,” he said.

Additional Resources

Academy of American Poets

Hearing Frost himself read “The Road Not Taken” is alone worth a visit to the Academy of American Poets’ page on Frost. In addition, this site offers a brief biography, a bibliography, an engrossing exhibit on the modernist revolution, and many Frost links.

Columbia University’ s Bartleby Archive: Robert Frost

Read a brief biography and many poems including “After Apple-Picking” and “Birches.”

Robert Frost: After Apple-Picking

Not tired of “After Apple-Picking”? For a short but clearly written analysis of the poem, along with some guiding questions, read the excerpt from Reading About the World, Volume 2, a reader created for use in the World Civilization course at Washington State University.

A Frost Bouquet

Enjoy “A Frost Bouquet,” a 1996 physical exhibition converted into an electronic feast by the University of Virginia. Here you can meet the Frost children, see the poet at six months of age, and read his work in other languages.