Happy Birthday Robert Frost

In one of the most memorable images from John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, poet Robert Frost at the age of  86, was unable to read a poem written for the occasion, “For John F. Kennedy, His Inauguration” because of glare.  Instead, he recited “The Gift Outright” from memory.


On this day March 26, 1874, Pulitzer Prize winning  poet Robert Frost was born in San Franciso. The Lawrence, Massachusetts-raised Frost became one of the most widely admired and highly honored American poets of the 20th century.  Read about Robert Frost here:  http://www.biography.com/people/robert-frost-9303322.

This is one of my favorite Robert Frost poems.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.