Robert Lee Frost, an American poet renowned for his realistic portrayals of rural life and mastery of American colloquial language, first gained recognition when his work was published in England before later being published in the United States. His poems often explored social and philosophical themes through settings in New England during the early 1900s. Frost was widely celebrated during his lifetime and was the only poet to have received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became a prominent public literary figure and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960. In 1961, Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont.