Robert Frost

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Robert Frost (1874), the indispensable American poet. There were good and sound reasons that his poetry was included in one of those “Why We Fight” paperbacks issued to soldiers in WWII. You can find out the details about him in lots of places, but here’s one you might not know: he is a major force in English poetry. I can hardly tell you how many British poets claim him as a major influence. Among them were two of the best, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, both of whom make much use of nature and farm life in their verse. If those are your subjects, who better than Frost?