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Robert Frost Poet & Teacher

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Poet & Teacher

Upon returning to the United States, Frost purchased a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire. He soon accepted a teaching position at Amherst College, the first of many faculty appointments he held at American universities over the subsequent 45 years. Frost was almost as famous for teaching poetry as he was for writing it. When Frost accepted a summer teaching position in 1921 at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, where he taught for the next 42 years, he became the first ever writer-in-residence at a university. Frost was a well-liked instructor, peppering his lectures with jokes and anecdotes and encouraging students to find their individual voice, although he complained heartily about the particulars of teaching. He hated grading students' work. When a student wrote on a course evaluation that he hadn't gotten a damned thing out of the class, Frost awarded him a B. It would have been an A, Frost told a friend, if the student hadn't misspelled "damned."blank">A Further Range.

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