Robert Frost

Library of Congress / Rare Book & Special Collection Division

With frost on the ground your thoughts may be running to the other Frost, the poet whom we claim as a “resident,” although he was actually born in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts. There are two former Frost homes in New Hampshire—one in Derry and one in Franconia . The Robert Frost Farm is a National Historic Landmark, and a remnant of New Hampshire’s agricultural past in now-suburban Derry. The Frost Place is more contemplative, with a poetry walk and a porch where one can admire...

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August 17 th , 2016 marks the day that photographer Lotte Jacobi would have celebrated her 120 th birthday. Internationally lauded, Jacobi’s work earned her the praise of many noteworthy figures in history, leading to jobs photographing international icons like Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and J.D. Salinger. Despite her success on the global stage, she spent 45 years enjoying a quiet, rural life offered by Deering, New Hampshire. The artist left her mark on the granite state in many...

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The Frost Place

In 1915, Robert Frost and moved his family to Franconia, New Hampshire, where he wrote many of his best-known works in the farmhouse overlooking Mt. Lafayette. That house is now the Frost Place , and is open as a non-profit museum and poetry center. Visitors can tour Frost’s home and walk nature trails, as well as attend conferences and seminars hosted by the Frost Place. Ruth Harlow, a retired elementary school teacher, used Frost’s poems with her students.

Governor Maggie Hassan and the New Hampshire Writers' Project announced the four inaugural inductees to the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame Wednesday. The Hall of Fame will be housed as a permanent exhibit and artifact collection at SNHU's Learning Library on the school's Hooksett campus. Writers' Project Board President Rob Greene and SNHU's Dean of the Shapiro Library, Kathryn Growney, stopped by NHPR's studio to talk about the inductees and the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame....

It's Robert Frost's birthday! Born in 1874, Frost was the first U.S. Poet Laureate with connections to the Granite State though he was followed by Maxine Kumin , Donald Hall and Charles Simic,who all reinforced the Granite State's literary reputation. We're going back to 1990 this week when NHPR's Leslie Bennett spoke with Dartmouth professor Arthur Jensen about his 25-year long friendship with the poet. His memories are of Frost, the man; his personality, his short-comings, and the thing he...

Sean Hurley

When poet Robert Frost returned to New Hampshire from England in 1915 he moved his family into a small farmhouse in Franconia. Since 1976, when the town of Franconia purchased the property, The Frost Place has provided a glimpse at the poet's life from a hundred years ago. His old chair sits near his old desk near his old wallpaper. Frost Place Director Maudelle Driskell says volunteer Dee Macoun was emptying the contents of a small closet during a routine clean up when she noticed something...

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Robert Frost recited "The Gift Outright" at John F. Kennedy's swearing in in 1961 and became the first ever Inaugural Poet. Since then, there have been only 4 others asked to honor the occasion with a poem. With “One Today” Richard Blanco (pronounced Blonko) became the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person - as well as the youngest - to write a poem for the transfer of power. Fitting then that Blanco should be invited to read at Frost Farm in Derry, home of the nation’s first Inaugural Poet.

Robert Frost
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For more than 30 years, Robert Frost’s old home in Franconia has celebrated the poet on the first Sunday of July. The Frost Place’ s Executive Director Maudelle Driskell says the annual event draws a variety of visitors. “And it’s everybody from people, just [from] the local area--they want to come out and listen to the readings and see the Frost Place--to people that specifically come up to hear readings on Frost Day, and tourists that are traveling through," Driskell says. "This year, we...

A New England Christmas Card From Robert Frost

Dec 25, 2012
courtesy Dartmouth College

Some Christmas traditions – like trees, and ornaments and carols – seem to be as popular as ever. Others, like the annual Christmas card, aren’t faring quite as well. Last week a columnist for TIME Magazine asked whether Christmas cards are obsolete in the social media era. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the Christmas card, but among the finest Christmas cards sent in years past came from New England's most well-loved poet, Robert Frost . "A stranger to our yard..." In...

The stark beauty of New Hampshire's November Robert Frost's poem My November Guest begins: My Sorrow, when she's here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane . The stark natural beauty of November in New Hampshire’s forests and mountains is an acquired taste . After the leaves have all fallen and dense herbaceous vegetation dies-back, there’s an expansive, open, airy quality to late...