American poet Robert Frost.

Robert Frost

(1874 - 1963)

As a little-known poet in 1912, Robert Frost at the age of thirty-eight moved his family from New Hampshire to London, hoping to find more receptive publishers. Ezra Pound helped him publish his first volume, A Boy’s Will, in 1913. When he returned to the United States two years later, he found that his second collection, North of Boston, had been a best seller. About the poet’s craft, he once wrote, “For my pleasure I had as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.”

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I think we are inexterminable, like flies and bedbugs.

—Robert Frost, 1959


A 1959 Chicago Daily Tribune article about Robert Frost, who had recently proclaimed his confidence in humanity’s resilience in the face of missile threats, ran with the headline: HUMAN RACE BOMB PROOF, POET BELIEVES.

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