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A Witness Tree

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Title:A Witness Tree
Frost, Robert (Robert Lee)   
(6 of 6 for author by title)
West-Running Brook
Published:   1942
Publisher:Henry Holt and Company
Tags:non-fiction, poetry, Pulitzer Prize

This collection was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1943. Most of the poems in this volume are short lyrics.This collection was published after several unfortunate tragedies had occurred in Frost's personal life i.e. his daughter Marjorie's death in 1934, his wife's death in 1938, his son Carol committed suicide in 1940. Despite these losses, Frost continued to work on his poetry and eventually fell in love with his secretary Kay Marrison, who became the primary inspiration of the love poems in this collection. This collection is the last of Frost's books that demonstrates the seamless lyric quality of his earlier poems. The most popular poem of this volume is "The Gift Outright", a patriotic poem that was recited at the presidential inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Frost, Robert (Robert Lee)

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Robert Frost (1874-1963) was an iconic American poet. He is best known for his portrayal of rural American life centered on his own farming experience in New Hampshire. His notoriety as a poet achieved prominence with his publication of "North of Boston" (1914), which included some of his best known poems: Mending Wall, The Death of the Hired Man and A Servant to Servants. In Mending Wall, two farmers get together to repair a border fence. One farmer proclaims that the fence is unnecessary wheras the other says "good fences make good neighbours". Frost won four Pulitzer prizes and numerous other awards for his work. He read "The Gift Outright" during John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration. (Benet's Encyclopedia for Readers)

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