Robert Frost, New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes (1922)This poetry collection earned Frost his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. A Boy's WillFrost's first poetry collection. Indeed, it is not so much a gruesome death on the battlefield or in a trench (a very common theme in much World War I poetry) that preoccupies Brooke as it is the blissful afterlife that soldiers will get to experience when they die. Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright" (1961)This is the poem Frost famously recited off the cuff at Kennedy's inauguration, when weather made it impossible to read the one he composed for the occasion. Fireflies in the Garden (2008)The title of this drama about a dysfunctional family comes from a Frost poem of the same name. A Frost BouquetThis site accompanied a 1996 exhibit on Frost at the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature. Stevie! It includes "The Road Not Taken," arguably Frost's most famous work. The Outsiders (1983)Oh, the power of poetry! Alas, Brooke eventually had the chance to embody his poem to its fullest. The sonnets first appeared in a periodical called New Numbers in January of 1915, but it was Brooke's 1915 collection, entitled 1914 & Other Poems, that really brought them to the public's attention. Brooke, the StatueThis statue of Brooke is in Rugby, England. Another ReadingHere's an older man reading, against the backdrop of a few pictures. Frost's mother Isabelle was a Swedenborgian, a religion based on the teachings of Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. It contains the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," one of his best-known works (and Frost's personal favorite of his poems). Young FrostA picture of the poet, circa 1890. "After Apple Picking"Another poem animation. Frost's entry has his biography, links to his poems, and critical essays about him. Dymock PoetsThis website talks briefly about the Dymock poets. It also offers a special tutorial section for students.
Brooke's poem reflects this pre-war perspective and is an important counterpoint to much World War I poetry. Here he is with President and Mrs. Kennedy at a White House formal.
In this classic adaptation of S.E. Older FrostA photograph of the poet, taken in his later years. What a difference some fame makes: in 1912, as an unknown poet, Frost sent his poem "Reluctance" to Ellery Sedgwick, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and was rejected. He was friends with a group of writers known as the Bloomsbury Group, a very loose-knit group of artists and intellectuals that lived in the Bloomsbury area of London ("members" included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey). By entering your email address you agree to receive emails from Shmoop and verify that you are over the age of 13. Now, you might be thinking, Rupert Brooke is often classified as a World War I poet, and yet there is no trace of this horror in "The Soldier." We aren't sure what Sperry sounds like, but we love his bow tie. Brooke himself died while serving in the Royal Navy in 1915. Maybe we can have him recite a poem. As a matter of fact, nobody could have foreseen just how bad things would get for everyone. Then he admits that he doesn't know what the poem actually means. Interestingly, though Frost's poetry is at the center of the plot, the Frost estate refused to allow Hall to quote from copyrighted poems. Mountain IntervalFrost's 1916 poetry collection. The book was first published in England, where Frost had moved to immerse himself in writing (rather successfully, we'd say!).
David RubensteinComposer David Rubenstein has created voice and piano arrangements for two Frost poems, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Rabbit Hunter." (The poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, among others, often emphasize the senselessness of the Great War and the tragic deaths many young soldiers suffered.) The impressive lineup features noted actors and musicians, including Charlton Heston who performed some of Frost's poems. A mosquito bite became infected, and he died of sepsis in April of 1915—a solider, a poet, no more. Well, it's a perfect example of the "before photo" of how folks feel before they commit themselves to the violence of war.
Our poem, "The Soldier," begins by talking about the soldier's possible death, but the manner in which these poems explore death is not what we might expect. In a key plot point, a character falsely claims to have written Frost's poem himself.
Robert Frost at Bread LoafFrost taught at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College on and off for 42 years, between 1921 and 1963. For one, Hall invents origins for Frost's poems. Randall ThompsonFrost's poems have inspired many musicians. LecturesTranscripts of Frost's lectures at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. It's pretty impressive. Robert Frost, Mountain Interval (1916) This poetry collection was written in the early years of Frost's fame. In fact, the entire second half of the poem, is about a very peaceful afterlife, an "English heaven." Now get ready to learn the real Robert Frost. To die in battle for one's country is noble—even honorable—in Brooke's sonnets, but especially so in "The Soldier.". This book is the result. It featured a reading of works by Frost, one of Kennedy's favorite poets. 1914 & Other PoemsCheck out Brooke's 1915 collection. The Lied and Art Song Text PageThis website (see their FAQ for an explanation of the name) has a database of all Frost poems that have been set to music. "The Death of the Hired Man"A 1915 poem from North of Boston. ", Robert Frost, Mountain Interval (1916)This poetry collection was written in the early years of Frost's fame. Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With the World (1963)This educational documentary about Frost's life was completed only months before his death.