Saturday, January 29th, 2011

On a frosty day, he died

I read what my husband wrote today about Robert Frost. Today is the anniversary of his death in 1963. That inspired me to post a favorite Frost poem. Now it’s an hour later and, oh my goodness, where do I begin?

My parents gave me a fat collection of Frost’s poetry for Christmas my senior year in high school. I didn’t know yet that I liked Frost–or even poetry. But by the time I was in college Oral Intepretation classes, I think he must have been my most quoted author.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall. . . . Good fences make good neighbors.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . . I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” “I should have called it Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.”

The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard . . . Little—less—nothing! and that ended it.

As I went out a Crow in a low voice said . . .

When I see birches bend to left and right . . . One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring. . . I shan’t be gone long.–You come too.

When a friend calls to me from the road. . . I don’t stand still and look around on all the hills I haven’t hoed.

His poems are stories. They fit my heart and my tongue.

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3 Responses to “On a frosty day, he died”

  1. We memorized Robert Frost poems in high school English. I wish I had cared enough then to appreciate his poetry more. Thank you for this reminder of an amazing poet!

  2. my favorite is this third stanza from his poem about friendship:

    “I could give all to time except – except
    What I myself have held. But why declare
    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to safety with? For I am There,
    And what I would not part with I have kept.”

  3. I too love Robert Frost. My favorite is The Road Not Taken. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.

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