(March 26, 1874-January 29, 1963)
Resettled in New England
Wrote 'A Boy's Will (1913),' 'North of Boston (1914),' 'Mountain Interval (1916),' 'New Hampshire (1923),' 'West-Running Brook (1928),' 'A Further Range (1936),' 'A Witness Tree (1942),' 'A Masque of Reason (1945),' 'A Masque of Mercy (1947),' 'Steeple Bush (1947)' and 'In the Clearing (1962)'
Why he might be annoying
He affected the persona of a 'plain New Hampshire farmer,' but he was really from California.
He dropped out of kindergarten, first grade, second grade, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University.
He couldn't hold down a job.
He was a dreamer who sometimes neglected his family.
He proposed to another woman very shortly after his wife died.
Some critics sneer at his poetry for its old-fashioned style, simple language, and rustic imagery.
Why he might not be annoying
He outlived his wife and four of his children.
One son committed suicide.
His sister and another daughter went insane.
He suffered from bad hemorrhoids.
He had a dry sense of humor.
He recited a poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
After he died, a jealous former student wrote a vicious 2,000-page biography (now largely discredited) that depicted him as a monster.
Credit: Wieland Kalligaro
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For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 19 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 52.94% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 113 Votes: 46.02% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 230 Votes: 36.09% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 47 Votes: 34.04% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 92 Votes: 46.74% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 154 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 285 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 211 Votes: 41.71% Annoying
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