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As a senior in High School Frost fell in love with Elinor White. After graduation, Frost went to Dartmouth and Elinor went to a small school in NY. Frost dropped out of Dartmouth only after a few months and returned home. Frost heard that Elinor had acquired a suitor at college and decided he would win her back. Frost had been writing poetry for a little while and copied down 5 of his poems and had them printed on fine paper and bound in brown leather with the title Twilight stamped in gold on the cover. He only made two copies, one for him and one for Elinor. With the two volumes he travelled to St. Lawrence NY where she was in school for a suprise vist and proposal. She was suprised and pissed at his unanounced visit. She took the book he offered her but refused to let him in her house, closing the door in his face. Frost, walking out of town, destroyed his copy of the book.

The remaining copy is now at UVA. Here is a link to a photo of it if you are interested (scroll down):

Ok, back to the story. Frost being an overdramatic "artist" decides he will show Elinor by killing himself. But he didn't really want to die, so he made a symbolic suicide attempt. He travelled all the way from New England to the Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. He had always admired Longfellow. Longfellow's "The Slave in the Dismal Swamp" tells teh tale of a persecuted runaway slave hiding out in the swamp. He walked ten miles into the swamp, found a bunch of drunk duck hunters and proceeded to join them in a meal and travelled in their boat to the Outer banks. From there he made his way back to New England. Apparently this "suicide attempt" worked; Frost married Elinor three years later.

Hang in there, we are almost to the poetry.

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