Googling the poem, and utilizing Wikipedia, I could not find the answer to my question. The book I own ("101 Great American Poems") which contains the poem also does not give the year of its creation - it gives the birth and death years of the featured poets, but not the publication year of the specific poems.

Does anyone know? Or better yet (because I have this question about many poems), how can I find out when a particular poem was written?


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Wikipedia's List of poems by Robert Frost includes it in a collection published in 1937. Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance by George Monteiro claims:

"Two Tramps in Mud Time" was first published in 1934. At the time Frost remarked that he considered the poem to be "against having hobbies."

So, presumably it was written in (or before) 1934.

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    I'm not sure I'm very convinced by this. It's certainly not unprecedented for poets to write something and then put it away for a while, publishing it years later alone or when there's enough material for a collection or anthology.
    – HDE 226868
    Feb 15, 2017 at 18:25
  • True; though not a poet, Twain wrote "Huck Finn" from 1876-1884, off-and-on, shelving it several times, and almost gave it the old heave-ho once. Feb 16, 2017 at 15:33

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