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Robert Frost

            Robert Frost, an American poet of the late 19th century, used nature in many of his writings. He was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874, but later moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts (after his father died) where he did most of his writing. Throughout his life he had always been interested in literature. He attended Dartmouth College, but remained less than one semester. His first instant success poem that he published was "A Boy's Will" was accepted by a London Publisher.
             Robert Frost would just walk around looking at things and a poem would come into his head. He would write the entire inspirational poems in his head and didn't even think that it was unusual. The best poet of the 20th century he did not write rough drafts. .
             The Reader can just picture Robert Frost walking in a wooded area of the New Hampshire forest when suddenly he comes upon trail that divides and he wrote "The Road Not Taken". A poem that has been used in countless high school graduation speeches and as a metaphor for any situation in which a person must make an important decision. .
             Frost uses many effects that allow the poem's theme to be more easily understood. For example, he writes many of his poems in the first person which makes the reader feel closer to the actual experience. In "Birches" he uses this technique which creates the setting of an older man who is looking back at earlier times when he played among these same trees. Another technique he uses is the informal manner in which he writes his poems. He also wrote many of his poems in continuous form rather than dividing it into traditional stanzas which allows the poem to be presented in a less formal form.
             Frost was a simple man who led a simple life yet he is regarded as the best American poet of the 20th century and perhaps ever. Although his simple form is not liked by some critics; I don't think they are who he was writing for.

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