Robert Frost, born March 26, 1874, was a college dropout, an unsuccessful farmer, and the finest poet the United States has ever produced. He won four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry back when the Pulitzer still meant something, and he’s one of the most-quoted and most-anthologized poets who has ever lived. One reason for his enduring popularity is the fact that he continued to employ traditional poetic forms at a time when many of his contemporaries were abandoning them for more experimental forms. Frost once said that he would as soon play tennis with the net down as write in free verse.
Here is a choral setting by Randall Thompson of one of Frost’s best-loved poems.