Has Robert Frost ever incorperated events from his life into his poems? If so what were they?

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Certainly there are autobiographical details in the poems of Robert Frost.  For, he has been one "acquainted with the night" as he experienced despair and grief, having suffered devatating losses from the deaths of his sister, wife, and children.  Beyond his sadness, his great love of Nature and the New England countryside is reflected in many of his poems such as "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," "Birches," "Tree at My Window," and "After Apple Picking Time."  His poems, "Two Tramps in Mud Time" and "Mending Wall", for instance, portray rural characters with whom Frost came into contact in this New England countryside. In addition, with both of his parents having been teachers, Frost was exposed to great literature and acquired a love of the beauty of words and poetic forms.  His use of iambic pentameter in "Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening" may easily be a reflection of having read sonnets and plays by Shakespeare.  Further influences in his life came with his introduction to Ezra Pound famous for his innovative techniques and Edward Thomas and the Georgian poetry movement which motivated Frost to travel to Gloucester, England, where he published "North of Boston" in 1914.

It seems that it is difficult, if not impossible to totally separate the artist from his/her art. Afterall, people become very much what they have experienced. With poetry being the expression of the human experience, this separation, then, is contradictory if not impossible.