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Robert Frost: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Robert Frost, Consultant in Poetry, 1958-59
Robert Frost

Consultant in Poetry, 1958-59

On May 22, 1958, Librarian of Congress Lawrence Quincy Mumford announced the appointment of Robert Frost to be the 12th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Frost, one of the best-known and most beloved American poets of the 20th century, won the Pulitzer Prize four times for New Hampshire (1924), Collected Poems (1931), A Further Range (1937), and A Witness Tree (1943). Much of Frost's work deals with the life and landscape of New England. He was a poet of traditional verse forms and metric, avoiding the poetic movements of his time. He served one term as Consultant in Poetry, finishing his duties in spring 1959.

This guide compiles links to resources on Robert Frost throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as selected links to external Web sites that include features on his life or selections of his work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

LISTEN: Robert Frost Interview with Randall Jarrell, May 19, 1959.
From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Press Releases, Articles
   •Documents, Features, Photographs
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews and General Articles
   •Audio Recordings
   •Frost Organizations
   •Special Collections (Online Overviews and Finding Aids)
   •Teaching and Study Resources
   •Book Reviews
   •Online Exhibits
   •Robert Frost in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

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Press Releases, Articles

"Robert Frost Named Poetry Consultant for 1958-59" (PDF, 263 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 22, 1958

"Robert Frost, Noted American Poet, to Give Reading at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, March 17"
Press Release No. 468, March 12, 1948

"On This Day: Robert Frost’s First Professionally Published Poem, 'My Butterfly,' Appears in The Independent"
From the Catbird Seat, November 8, 2017

Documents, Features, Photographs

Features Highlighting Frost's Poetry Reading at John F. Kennedy's Presidential Inauguration

First Drafts: Poem for a President
Library of Congress Blog. January 29, 2013. Highlights Robert Frost's original manuscript of "Dedication."

"Dedication," Robert Frost's Presidential Inaugural Poem, 20 January 1961
Includes a digitized image of the reading text of Frost's "Dedication."

The Poetry of Robert Frost
American Treasures
exhibit page highlighting Frost's poems "Dedication" and "The Gift Outright."

The Poetry of Robert Frost
"I Do Solemnly Swear..." exhibit page highlighting Frost's poems "Dedication" and "The Gift Outright."

Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration
Entry from the Library's America's Library site for younger students.

Teacher Resources - Presidential Inaugurations
Includes study questions to help students think critically about "Dedication" and "The Gift Outright."

Today in History: Kennedy's Inauguration
Discusses Frost's poetry reading at Kennedy's presidential inauguration.

Letter from Verner W. Clapp to Robert Frost, February 15, 1950
An invitation to Robert Frost to join the Fellows in American Letters. From the American Memory collection Freedom’s Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953.

Letter to Robert Frost
Letter to Robert Frost from the 2007 Level 1 Letters About Literature national winner.

Photographs of Robert Frost
From the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Additional photographs can be found by searching the catalog on the phrase Robert Frost.

Print Resources

Works by Robert Frost in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Frost, Robert, 1874-1963

Works about Robert Frost can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under subject headings that begin Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
A biography of Robert Frost, samples of his poetry, and links to external resources.
Includes the full text of A Boy’s Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval, as well as miscellaneous Frost poems to 1920.

Bedford/St. Martins
Biography and timeline of Frost's life.

"Frost's Life and Career"
Biography of Frost by William H. Pritchard on the Modern American Poetry Web site

Gale's Poet's Corner
Biography of Frost.

Google Book Search
Includes digitized copies of A Boy's Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval.

Harvard Square Library
Biography of Frost and four poems.

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Overview of Frost's life and work from the Literature textbook.

Poetry Foundation
A biography of Robert Frost, bibliography, and samples of his poetry.

Representative Poetry Online
Twenty poems by Frost.

The Writer's Almanac
Full text of more than 35 poems, some with audio recordings by Garrison Keillor.

Interviews and General Articles

"NHPR's Rewind: The Frost You Didn't Know & The Poetry Capital of New Hampshire"
New Hampshire Public Radio, July 7, 2016

"Robert Frost's Granddaughter Kicks Off Annual 'Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost' Lectures"
The Berkshire Eagle, June 22, 2016

"Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death"
Morning Edition, NPR, January 29, 2013.

"The Trouble with Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens"
LITTORAL: The Journal of the Key West Literary Seminar , April 14, 2009.

"I Might, I Would, I Will: Remembering Frost's 'The Gift Outright'"
Poetry & Popular Culture, January 13, 2009.

"Robert Frost's Christmas Cards"
Poetry & Popular Culture, December 24, 2008.

"Dead on a Side Track: On Frost's "War Thoughts at Home'"
The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2006.

"The Rehabilitation of Robert Frost"
The New Criterion, June, 1996.

"Frost Complete, At Last"
Review of Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose & Plays. By Dana Gioia, 1995.

"Robert Frost: 1875–1963"
By Robert Lowell, The New York Review of Books, February 1, 1963.

"Robert Frost"
The Art of Poetry No. 2, The Paris Review, Issue 24 (Summer-Fall 1960).

"Robert Frost's America"
The Atlantic Monthly, June 1951.

Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings of Frost

Frost reads "The Road Not Taken"
Academy of American Poets.

HarperAudio Recordings of Robert Frost
A four-part collection of audio recordings made by HarperAudio.

Lectures and Poetry Readings
Recordings of lectures and readings by Frost at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus.

Robert Frost is honored at a 1958 Poetry Society Dinner (1:44:00)

Robert Frost Out Loud
Includes a number of recordings of Frost's poems. (Note: a blue arrow next to a poem indicates that the recording was made by Frost.)

University of California, Berkeley, Moffit Library Media Resources Center
A video library that includes several recordings of Frost.  Direct links to these recordings follow:

Poetry Reading, Greek Theater, UC Berkeley (44:43)
May 8, 1958.

Poetry Reading. Introduction and Program, Part I (1:02:29)
November 8, 1953.

Poetry Reading. Introduction and Program, Part II (28:58)
November 8, 1953.

Audio Recordings About Frost

Robert Frost: Modern American Poet (36:18)
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, September 2008.

Kay Ryan on Robert Frost (14:14)
Poetry Off the Shelf podcast, September 19, 2007.

Robert Frost Poem Discovered Tucked Away in Book (07:49)
Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR, October 1, 2006.

Robert Frost's Contrarieties
Academy of American Poets, October 9, 1990.

Readings of Frost's Poems

The Writer's Almanac
Links to poems from 2001-present include audio recordings by Garrison Keillor.

Video (includes television programs, readings, and animated poetry)

Recordings of Frost

Frost Reads "The Gift Outright" at John F. Kennedy's 1961 Presidential Inauguration, January 20, 1961.

Frost Reads "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (01:26)
Poetry Everywhere, Poetry Foundation.

Frost Reads "After Apple-Picking" (video does not include footage of Frost), from Voices & Visions series.

Programs about Frost

Jay Parini discusses his book, Robert Frost: A Life, August 3, 1999.

Instructional Video Program about Robert Frost (57:15) (free registration required), Voices & Visions series.

Robert Frost Farm, Derry, New Hampshire (04:55)
C-Span Video Library, January 29, 2008.

Traveling Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken (04:34)
Lessonopoly, June 2, 2008.

Yale University Frost Lecture (46:05)
Video from Yale University's ENGL 310: Modern Poetry course. Also available from Google Video. January 22, 2007.

Readings of Frost Poems

Favorite Poem Project

Reading of "OUT, OUT"
Reading of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

Online NewsHour
Robert Pinsky reads "Mending Wall."


Videos clips related to Robert Frost, including readings, lectures, and video animations.

Frost Organizations

The Frost Place
A nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts based at Robert Frost’s old homestead, which is owned by the town of Franconia, New Hampshire.

The Robert Frost Farm
The Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900 to 1911.

The Friends of Robert Frost
Preserves the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

The Robert Frost Society
Supports the academic study of Frost's life and work.

Special Collections (Online Overviews and Finding Aids)

Note: This is a selected list of guides to special collections about Robert Frost. Consult a librarian at your local library for assistance locating additional Frost collections.

The Edna Hanley Byers Robert Frost Collection
Finding aid to the Frost Collection in the Manuscript Collections at Bluffton University Library's Archives and Special Collections.

Frank P. Piskor Collection of Robert Frost
Overview of the collection at the Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University.

Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection
Guide to the Melcher-Forst Collection at the University of Virginia Library.

Frost Materials from the Parkman Dexter Howe Library
Summary of Frost materials included in the Parkman Dexter Howe Library, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

Louis Mertins Collection of Robert Frost
Finding aid to the Frost collection at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Frost Collection
Finding Aid to the Robert Frost Collection in the special collections of Jones Library (Amherst Massachusetts).

Robert Frost Collection
Finding aid to the Frost Collection at the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut.

The Robert Frost Collection
Overview of the Frost Collection at the Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College Library.

The Robert Frost Collection
Overview of the Frost Collection at the University of Maryland Libraries.

The Robert Frost Collection
Overview of the Frost Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University.

Robert Frost Collection, 1887-2008
Finding Aid to the Robert Frost Collection at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

Robert Frost Collection, 1924-1977
Finding aid to the Frost Collection in Princeton University Library's Manuscript Division

Robert Frost Papers
Catalog record for the Frost collection held in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Robert Frost Papers, 1909-1987
Finding aid to the Frost Papers in the Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library.

Untermeyer-Frost Collection, 1913-1964
Catalog record for the Untermeyer-Frost Collection held in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Teaching and Study Resources

Lesson Plans, Teacher's Guides

"Analyzing Frost's The Road Not Taken"
Lesson plan, grades 9-12.

"Cluing into Symbols Robert Frost"
Lesson plan, grades 9-10.

"Frost and Snow" (PDF, 74 KB)
Literary Cavalcade, November/December 2005.

The Heath Anthology of American Literature
Includes a biography of Frost and an instructor's guide to teaching his work.

"Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost"
Lesson plan, grades 6-8.

"Robert Frost in the Petri Dish: Using his poems to teach global warming, astronomy, botany, and just about everything else in middle school science class"
Karen Glenn, Poetry Foundation

The Robert Frost Farm
Links to many teachers' resources and lesson plans.

"Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You"
Lesson plan, grades 6-8

"Robert Frost’s 'Mending Wall': A Marriage of Poetic Form and Content"
Lesson plan, grades 9-12

Robert Frost's Poems (PDF, 90 KB)
St. Martin's Press Teacher's Guide

Robert Frost Resources from EDSITEment
Several Robert Frost lesson plans and available through EDSITEment.

Teachable Moments (PDF, 990 KB)
Teacher's guide to Frost's poems “War Thoughts at Home"

Essays and Critical Works

Note: For help locating criticism of Frost's poems in print, see the Library's guide to poetry criticism.

Academy of American Poets
The Further Reading section includes several essays on Frost's writings.

"The Counterlove of Robert Frost"
Twentieth Century Literature, Fall, 2008 (via

"The English Years of Robert Frost"
Contemporary Review, Summer 2008.

The Frost Free Library
Includes scholarly criticism on Frost's writings as well as a Frost tutorial for students.

"In the Clearing: Continuity and Unity in Frost's Dualism"
Humanitas, Spring 2005 (via

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Links to excerpts from critical articles from the Literature textbook.

Modern American Poetry
Includes scholarly criticism of more than 25 of Frost's best known poems.

"Nature's Extra-vagrants: Frost and Thoreau in the Maine Woods"
Papers on Language and Literature, Spring 1997.

"On Robert Frost's 'Nothing Gold Can Stay'"
By poet and poetry critic Dana Gioia.

Perspectives in American Literature
A bibliography of biographical and critical publications about Frost's life and works.

"Robert Frost and the Child: Mother Goose and 'The Imagination Thing'" (PDF, 196 KB)
Massachusetts Review, Summer 2004.

"The Secretive-playful Epiphanies of Robert Frost: Solitude, Companionship, and the Ambivalent Imagination"
Papers on Language and Literature, Summer 2002 (via

Book Reviews

Reviews of books by and about Robert Frost from The New York Times (free registration required)

Online Exhibits

A Frost Bouquet: An Exhibition in the Tracy W. McGregor Room
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia Library.

Robert Frost at Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College McCain Library.

Robert Frost at Bread Loaf
Special Collections, Middlebury College.

Robert Frost Visits Stillwater
Special Collections & University Archives, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University Library.

Robert Frost in the News

Google News results for recent and older articles on Robert Frost

Blog entries on Robert Frost, via Google Blog Search


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