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Did Robert Frost eventually gain popularity as a poet in America?

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Robert Frost's first published poem was printed in 1894, when he was 20 years old. He continued to write poetry, and studied poetry during the two years he spent as a student at Harvard. While starting his family and working as a farmer and a teacher, Frost also wrote and published poems. Frost and his family spent 1912-1915 in England, during which time he wrote and published two collections of poetry and made the acquaintance of a number of already well-known writers and poets, who provided support and encouragement. By the time of his return to the United States, Frost was developing a reputation and a following as a recognized poet. He won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for his collection New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. As an instructor at Amherst College and Harvard, he became well-known for his poetry readings, with subjects ranging from his appreciation of nature to comments on social and political issues of his time. By the time of his death, he had been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and had been named poet laureate of the United States as well as reading one of his poems at the inauguration of Pres. John F. Kennedy.

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Do you think Robert Frost finally became popular in America as a poet?  

Robert Frost (1874-1963) became the most popular poet in America after years of struggle. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. He was invited to read one of his poems at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961. This was an unusual honor for a poet and an indication of Frost's prestige. Some of his poetry is internationally known, including "The Road Not Taken," "The Death of the Hired Man," and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." There is a wealth of information about Frost's poetry in eNotes reference material. Classes in American literature invariably assign Frost's poems for analysis and appreciation.

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