Merrimack Valley Poet Robert Frost Remembered

This is a post from our colleague Tony from last year noting the anniversary of the death of Robert Frost who died on January 29, 1963. Today there is an interesting story in the Andover Townsman about Frost’s visit to Phillips Academy in 1960. Celebrate the genius of this Merrimack Valley four-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet! Link to the Townsman and here from the archive:

Robert Frost Dies January 29, 1963

January 29, 2014 by Tony Posted in CulturePoetry 2Comments

On January 29, 1963,  Robert Frost, my favorite poet died.  Many years ago, in a 9th grade Literature class, a football coach/English Teacher “forced” me to memorize one of his poems ….I thank that man even today,  since the poem has been my favorites ever since.  I hope you enjoy it too:

Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.