11 Facts About Robert Frost

11 Facts About Robert Frost

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Though Robert Frost has been gone for more than half a century—he died on January 29, 1963—his poems remain timeless, inspiring everyone from John F. Kennedy to George R.R. Martin. Though most people know him for “The Road Not Taken,” there’s more to Frost than that—and according to him, we’ve all been interpreting that poem wrong anyway.

1. HE WAS NAMED AFTER CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE.

Frost’s father, Will, ran away from home at a young age in an attempt to join the Confederate Army. Though he was caught and returned to his parents, the elder Frost never forgot his war heroes, and eventually named his son after one of them.

2. HE WAS A COLLEGE DROPOUT—TWICE OVER.

First, Frost attended Dartmouth for just two months, later explaining, “I wasn’t suited for that place.” He got his second chance in 1897 at Harvard, but only made it two years before dropping out…


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