Robert Frost on poetry

Robert Frost, one of the most celebrated figures in American poetry, was born in San Francisco on 26 March 1874. He died in Boston in 1963
Frequently honoured during his lifetime, he is the only poet who received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.”

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”

“Poetry begins in trivial metaphors, pretty metaphors, “grace” metaphors, and goes on to the profoundest thinking that we have. Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another. People say, “Why don’t you say what you mean?” We never do that, do we, being all of us too much poets. We like to talk in parables and in hints and in indirections — whether from diffidence or some other instinct.” ( from a speech delivered in 1931)

Robert Frost, uno dei più celebri poeti americana, nacque a San Francisco il 26 marzo 1874. Morì a Boston nel 1963
E’ l’unico poeta ad aver ricevuto quattro premi Pulitzer.

“La poesia è quando un’emozione ha trovato il suo pensiero e il pensiero ha trovato le parole.”

Essere poeta è una condizione, non una professione”.

“Una poesia inizia con gioia e finisce con saggezza.”

La poesia inizia con metafore banali, metafore carine e graziose, e prosegue con il pensiero più profondo che abbiamo. La poesia fornisce l’unico modo consentito per dire una cosa e significarne un’altra. La gente dice: “Perché non dici cosa intendi?” Noi non lo facciamo mai, essendo tutti noi troppo poeti. Ci piace parlare in parabole e in accenni e in vie indirette, sia per diffidenza che per qualche altro istinto.” (da un discorso pronunciato nel 1931)


93 thoughts on “Robert Frost on poetry

  1. Mi ritrovo moltissimo in questa definizione :”“La poesia è quando un’emozione ha trovato il suo pensiero e il pensiero ha trovato le parole.”
    Perché mi capita spesso anche se sostituisco a pensiero colore!! Ciaooo💚❤️

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  2. Wow. What a fantastic feature on one of my favorite poets, Robert Frost. He had written fabulous poems but my favorite happens to be Stopping by woods on a snowy evening. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. Poetry , I oersonally feel , is all about telling the truth by mixing in it feelings , emotions and all the virtues of life . The thing which can’t plainly be told by the prose , can be written in Poetry . Thus , Poetry is the way of expressing the things uniquely . In ancient period when people used to reveal the mystery of the world through Poetry only , as it could not be told in proses as such . Thanks reading your blog .

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  4. Hi Luisa. Robert Frost lived in England between 1912 -1915 and was a member of the Dymoke poets, named after the town of Dymoke in Worcestershire. He inspired Edward Thomas to take up poetry. Thomas’s express train made its memorable unwanton stop outside “Adlestrop” in 1914 while he was travelling to meet Frost. Adlestrop, sometimes called a war poem as Thomas wrote it at Arras in 1917, described a lost idyllic England before the Great War, which would never return

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  5. //A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom// His poem Ghost House beings, runs through and ends in with melancholy.


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