The Frost Farm of New Hampshire Proved Life-Changing for Famous Poet
It's a simple two-story house with white clapboards and a big white barn attached, but it is quintessential New England, and oh so serene.
That's why poet extraordinaire Robert Frost loved living at the farm in Derry, New Hampshire. It was some of his quietest days, during which he wrote some of his most prolific poetry.
Frost is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. If you don't know any of his poems, look up "The Road Not Taken", or "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", or "Mending Wall". Each depicts New England in such a beautiful and moving way.
The Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, is a New Hampshire State Park, and only open for visitors from May through October. School groups are welcome with advance reservations.
The farm was purchased by Frost's grandfather, when Robert and his wife Elinor were going through desperate times after the death of their child. His grandfather allowed the couple to live at the farm for 10 years, after which they would own it outright.
It was this time when Robert truly found his stride for writing poetry. He tried his hand at farming as well, although one was more successful than the other. Frost taught English at Pinkerton Academy during this time, too.
I found the poetry of Robert Frost speaking to me when I was in college, and my hope is you find your peace in his monumental words and wisdom. Visiting the farm, you may find your way.
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