Robort Frost & Scientific Correlations

Correlations between the works of Robert Frost and Scientific Models/Principles/Experiments

Robert Frost's Life

Birth of Robert Frost

March 26, 1874

Robert Lee Frost is born in San Fransisco, California to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie.

Death of William Prescott Frost, Jr. (Father)


When Robert Frost was just the age of 11 his father William Prescott Frost, Jr passed away from tuberculosis and left his family with only eight dollars.

Death of Isabelle Moodie Frost (Mother)


Robert Frost's mother: Isabelle Moodie Frost, died of cancer in 1900.

Admitting Jeanie to Mental Institute


Robert Frost had to commit his youngest sister to a mental hospital in 1920 where she died nine years later.

"For Once, Then Something" Published


"For Once, Then Something" by Robert Frost was first published in July 1920 issue of Harper's Magazine.

"All Revelations" Published


"All Revelations" by Robert Frost was first published the Yale review as "Geode" it also alludes to aspects of scientific theory

"The Secret Sits" Published


"The Secret Sits" by Robert Frost was first published in 1936 as "Ring around" and is interpreted by many to be alluding to the Bohr-Rutherford Model of the atom.

"A Wish to Comply" Published


"A Wish to Comply" by Robert Frost is published and is said to be speaking of a well-known physicist: Robert Millikan and introduces readers to thoughts on quantum physics.

"A Never Naught Song" Published


Robert Frost's "A Never Naught Song" is published and said to be about aspects of atomic theory.

"Version" Published


"Version" by Robert Frost is published and can be related to the concept of Rutherford's Gold Foil experiment.

"From Iron" Published


"Form Iron" by Robert Frost is published and is often linked to the scientific concept of the dual nature of light.

Death of Robert Frost

January 29, 1963

On January 29, 1963 poet Robert Lee Frost passed away at age 88 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scientific Correlations

Correlations of certain poems by Robert Frost to Scientific Models/Principles/Experiments.

Quantum Nature of Atoms


The work of the formulation of the scientific principle of the Quantum nature of atoms began in 1900 with the ideas of Max Planck. It can be associated to Robert Frost's poems "A Never Naught Song" and "All Revelations"

Millikan’s Oil Drop Experiment


The Oil Drop Experiment was performed by Robert Millikan in order to determine the "size" of the charge of an electron and was an advancement in the Quantum Theory. It can be related closely to the poem "A Wish to Comply" by Robert Frost

Rutherford’s Gold Foil Experiment


An experiment where several alpha particles where shot at a piece of gold foil. Most went straight through but the occassional few bounced of in different directions. This led to the greater understanding of the atomic nucleus and the development of Quantum Theory. This experiment is seen by some in the poem "Version" by Robert Frost.

Bohr-Rutherford Model of the Atom


This scientific model of the atom developed progressively by Rutherford and Bohr exemplifies the atom having a nucleus and orbitals orbiting it with each orbit having greater or lower energy. This model can be connected to the work "The secret sits" by Robert Frost.

Dual Nature of Light


The Dual Nature of Light is a scientific principle based on the ideas of Quantum Theory. With the progression of the theory came the development of the idea of the dual nature of light which came to the highest attention in the 1920s. The Dual Nature of light can correlate to Robert Frost's poem "From Iron"

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle


This Scientific Principle states that the very action of human observance on a particle affects the particle and therefore we may never be certain of its velocity and position simultaneously. This principle can also be interpreted from the poem "For Once, Then Something" by Robert Frost.

Niels Bohr’s Complimentarity Principle


The Complimentarity principle formulated by Niels Bohr states that if something displays one principle the complimentary one is obscured. This Scientific Principle is also related to the development of Quantum Theory and can be connected by the reader to Robert Frost's poem "For Once, Then Something"