What "momentous decision" was made by Robert Frost in 1912?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Robert Frost lived a fairly inconspicuous life prior to leaving America and travelling to England with his family in 1912. Frost had always wished for a life as a poet, not distracted by other activities which had become necessary to provide for his family; hence, his decision to travel to London. This then led to the publishing of A Boy's Will in 1913 and North of Boston in 1914 and a friendship developed with Ezra Pound, himself an acclaimed poet and a very flamboyant personality . Pound assisted any young and aspiring artist, including T S Eliot.  Frost's poetry gained popularity  and its simplicity was appreciated and applauded. He only spent three years in England before his return to America, after the outbreak of war, but it was enough to create the exposure and recognition he had sought.

When Frost published The Road Not Taken in 1916, some argued that it was about his own "momentous decision" when he left the USA but it is more widely accepted that he was referring to a friend of his, Edward Thomas, who treated the most urbane decisions as if they were life-altering events and who, therefore, was unable to resolve issues easily.


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In 1912, Robert Frost sailed back to Great Britian, where he would live until the start of World War I. While in England, he met and interacted with other famous poets, such as Ezra Pound, and published two books of poetry.

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