Robert Frost, Vermont Snow Immortalizer
The website of Robert Frost’s Stone House at bennington.edu/robert-frost-stone-house-museum (121 Historic Route 7A) describes the house and why it was important, most notably because it is where “America’s Favorite Poet” wrote his first Pulitzer Prize-winning book and what many consider to be his most famous poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The house is located in the small town of Shaftsbury, which has a population of approximately 3,500. The enrollment of private Bennington College, which hosts the house, is approximately 700 students.
(The photo on this page is not of the Stone House, but an example of what it is like to stop by woods on a hazy snowy evening in Vermont.)
The Poet and His Writings
Robert Frost (1874–1963) faced numerous personal setbacks and career challenges on his path to become a poet, but he was determined to achieve his dream. His struggle to find his footing began in New England. Eventually, he moved to England in the hope of finding success among literary friends there, such as Ezra Pound. (Pound’s US house is open to visitors in Idaho. Read about it here: Ezra Pound in Idaho.) The idea worked. He returned to the US with acclaim and was esteemed for the rest of his life, both for his introspective poetry as well as his character. He was the first poet to be featured in a US president’s inauguration. See the video here: Presidential Inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
Read more about Robert Frost on the Poetry Foundation‘s Robert Frost page at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-frost#about and by reading about other places where he lived through our Florida, New Hampshire, and New Mexico Author Adventures pages.
This is the second stop on our Vermont Author Adventures Trail.