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Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California at the end of the 19th century. He wrote a number of his most famous poems, including "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "The Road Not Taken ," and "After Apple Picking" fairly early on...

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Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California at the end of the 19th century. He wrote a number of his most famous poems, including "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "The Road Not Taken," and "After Apple Picking" fairly early on in his career. Frost is often referred to as an American nature poet; however, the general appeal of his poetry is not found merely in its nature imagery, but in its metaphorical musing on the nature of life, death, work and happiness, and these themes are illuminated by the detailed images he creates.

Frost came from a fairly wealthy family, but he was expected to make his own way and work for a living. He attended Harvard briefly and also tried to earn a living as a farmer. However, his early years did not see him established in a steady vocation. Frost lived in a number of places, including England, and around the New England states. His travels exposed him to many people and sights that inspired his work. His poetry seemed to flourish best when he settled in Vermont, but prior to that Frost was obliged to take on occasional teaching jobs to support his family. Eventually he was able to make his living as a poet.

Frost won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times; this is one of the highest accolades available to poets. Also, Frost's work has been anthologized more often than perhaps any other American poet's. Having one's poetry included in an anthology usually indicates that the poet's work is considered important enough to be part of the literary canon.

Frost's work is well loved for its universal appeal and simple language that reveals deep truths about the human condition; he could be called the most famous American poet.

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