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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and the Congressional Medal of Honour for his poetic work, Robert Frost is probably America’s most celebrated poet and one of the most globally recognised writers of the 20th century.

While most people associate Robert Frost with the rural life, his childhood and young adulthood was spent in urban environments. He was the son of a journalist and while he began writing very early in life, he wasn’t a career writer until his 40s. He tried everything from helping his mother with her unruly classes, to factory work, but he always felt his true calling was poetry.

In 1912 he took his family to England. Whilst he was living there he published his first two volumes of poetry, A Boy’s Will and North of Boston, and his literary career began. He returned to America in 1915, just after the American edition of A Boy’s Will had been published. He bought a farm in New Hampshire and began a life of writing, lecturing and teaching.

Over his lifetime he published dozens of collections of poetry, several plays and numerous collections of letters. He was nominated 31 times for a Nobel Prize in literature, won 4 Pulitzer Prizes, and was named Poet Laureate of Vermont. His influence on literature is far reaching and still felt today. The farm he bought in 1915 is maintained as a museum and non-profit educational centre for poetry named The Frost Place.