3 American Poets: Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou

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3 American Poets- Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou
Poetry as a literally work in which the expression of ideas and feelings is given strength has had great authors overtime who took different perspectives in this genre of literature. These poets used distinctive rhythm and style to express their styles, poetic themes, outlook on life, and had their share of influence on the American society. This paper uses the basis of these styles, themes, outlook on life and subsequent influence on the American society to compare three prolific poets who ventured into this literature genre: Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou. Robert Frost (1874-1963) holds a unique and almost sole position in the career span which mostly encompasses
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Oliver charts a course in the twenty-six poems of “Night Traveler” between two worlds, human and natural, where the individual faces loneliness and yearns to transcend the limited human world. "Sleeping in the Forest," is the first poem in the “twelve moons collection” where the poet vanishes over and over into the earth, according to Poetry Foundation. In his poetry work. Frost shows off his New England themes liking and uses a unique blend of colloquialism and traditional meters. He also encompasses on themes of self-realization and acceptance. This is evident in his collections “north of Boston” in the “new republic,” according to Poetry Foundation. Their themes all took different perspectives on life and the society but they all addressed important life experiences and were both an interpretation of their beliefs.
Outlook on life, and their influence on American society Mary Oliver’s work turns towards nature as a source of inspiration it has been and describes her sense of wonder that it instills on her. She writes in “when the death comes” as follows: "I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms." Her outlook in life was more focused on the strict role nature played in people’s lives which can be seen in her poems; “the horse”, “the sun”, and “the summer day”- "Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me what is it that you plan to do with your one
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