BY: ALEJANDRA DUEÑAS 8D
ROBERT FROST BIOGRAPHY
Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He lived there for 12 years, until his father died from tuberculosis, and that was when he moved to Massachusetts with his mother and sister. There he studied in his first high school, Lawrence High School where without knowing, he met his future love and wife, Elinor White. When Frost graduated, he went to the Dartmouth University. On 1894, he had his first poem published My Butterfly: an Elegy. On December 19, 1895, when Robert returned from Virginia, he proposed to Elinor, who said yes. On 1896 they had their first child, Elliot. On the beginnings of 1897, Frost went to Harvard, but had to drop out due to health concerns. After this, he returned to Lawrence where his wife was. Elinor was pregnant with her second child who had a mental illness. Robert and Elinor had 6 children; Carol, Irma, that developed a mental illness, Marjorie and Elinor. Also two of the Frost children died. Later on, Robert wrote The Tuft of Flowers and The Trial by Existence, but he couldnâ€™t find anyone to publish this poems On 1900 he found a publisher, which published his book of poems, including A boys will and North of Boston. In 1916, Frost and Elinor settled down on a farm that they purchased in Franconia, New Hampshire. There, Frost began a long career as a teacher at some colleges, reciting poetry to eager crowds and writing all the while. In 1961, at the age of 86, Frost was honored when asked to write and recite a poem for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration. On January 29, 1963, Robert Frost died from complications that were related to his prostate surgery. Robert frost wrote only wrote poetry. He was mostly known for Free Verse poems, in which he used a lot of metaphors, similes, personification, symbolism, and understatement. He was a very good and descriptive writer. Robert Frost won a lot of awards including: Honorary degree, Dartmouth College (1933) Honorary degree, Oxford University (1957) Honorary degree, Cambridge University (1957) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, Poetry Society of America (1958) Emerson-Thoreau Medal, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1958) Medal for Achievements in the Arts, Signet Society, Harvard College (1958) Congressional Gold Medal (1960)
Poet Laureate of Vermont (1961) Edward MacDowell Medal (1962) Bollingen Prize in Poetry (1963) And more.
POEM A Prayer in Spring Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil. Robert Frost
INTERPRETATION OF THE POEM What Robert frost is trying to do in this poem is compare this spring, with the loss of his children and of his father, saying that after the bad times there will always be some good thing, that behind the rain and the winter the sun will always come out and there will be happy times. Maybe this made his life better and less sad because he always saw the good part of the situations and always think there is something good behind the bad. In this poem Robert frost uses similes and metaphors to compare things like for example “As the uncertain harvest; keep us here” or “Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;”. Also he uses personification to give life to things like flowers or air. Robert Frost´s writing is freestyle, with happiness and making the audience, that is the reader feel comfortable and in a good mood. Maybe the audience was also his children.
BIBLIOGRAPHY IN MLA FORMAT. "Robert Frost Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. "Robert Frost Awards." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. "A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost." A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013.