The poet Robert Frost was born in 1874 in San Francisco, where his parents had moved from Pennsylvania soon after their marriage. After Frost's father died from tuberculosis, Frost moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts with his mother and his younger sister, Jeanie. He attended college in the East, and following his marriage, he and his wife made a failed attempt at farming in New Hampshire. They then moved to England, where Frost met the British poets Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves. Frost established a close friendship with Thomas, who wrote perceptive reviews of Frost's works and with whom he went on long walks. Thomas recognized the originality and the success of Frost's experiments with vernacular speech and its cadences—what Frost called "the sound of sense."
Frost is a poet whose work appeals to serious students of poetry as well as to a wider audience because his poems seem both homespun, with their ordinary diction, yet sophisticated in their poetic techniques. The poet Daniel Hoffman describes Frost's early poetry as "the Puritan ethic turned astonishingly lyrical and enabled to say out loud the sources of its own delight in the world."
On poetry, Frost made this comment: “The ear does it. The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.”