Robert FrostCan anyone tell me the best 5 poems of Robert Frost?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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"Birches" is a very worthy poem as the sound devices are as important as the meaning.  "Desert Places" is an interesting poem in how it turns the Emersonian idea of man's connection with the natural world into an anti-Romantic experience of negativity.  Both these poems are pregnant with meaning.  "Mending Wall" is another excellent poem as Frost leaves for the reader to decide the value of the wall.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I am a fan of Frost's little gems such as "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "Fire and Ice."  He certainly manages to pack a lot of meaning and nuance into very few words.  These poems have sparked more class discussion than some of the longer ones mentioned above.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I agree with post 2 & 3, but my favorite Frost poem is definitely "Birches."  Frost has a special way of phrasing things with enough detail to be meaningful but enough vagueness to allow the reader to find echos of their own lives within his poems.  Another example of this can be found in "The Road Not Taken."  This poem is probably one of the most well known out of Frosts works.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Frost's poems are noted for capturing everyday people in everyday events. The narrative poem "Death of a Hired Man" is such an example. "Out, Out--" is another. "Mending Wall" and "The Road Not Taken" are two more of Frost's most known poems, however, "The Road Not Taken" is one of the most frequently misinterpreted.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Well, that is of course very much a matter of opinion.

For me, I think the following are the poems of Frost's that I like best.  I can't really put them in any particular order.

  • "The Road Not Taken"
  • "Mending Wall"
  • "Acquainted with the Night"
  • "After Apple-Picking"
  • "Provide, Provide"

Of course, there are other popular poems of his.  Many people like "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."  A very different poem that is often assigned is "Out, Out."  I don't like "Out, Out" though, it's too sad for me.

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