Analysis Of ' Mowing ' By Robert Frost And Carl Sandburg Express

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The viewpoint, Realism, prominently expressed between 1860 and 1890, is a subset of the viewpoint Modernism. Romanticism examines material and physiological reality and truth. The speakers are often more important than the plot and the focus is on the ethics of the speaker’s choices. Realism also focuses on the aspiration of the middle and lower class. Unlike Romanticism, Realism utilizes simple, non-poetic diction. Through the works, Mowing, Buttons, The Road and the End, and The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg express the viewpoint of realism through a variety of metaphors, personification, mood shift, rhythm and imagery. In his work, Mowing, Robert Frost utilizes metaphors and personification to examine perception. The poem portrays a speaker who contemplates the sound of a mowing scythe and its significance; the speaker declares that the scythe’s significance is not that of surreality or importance and states that the scythe’s hard work is what is actually important. The leading metaphor of this poem, a “scythe”, used for hacking down hay, represents cutting down the unimportant and narrowing down to the truth. Frost utilized the personification scythes “whisper” to create a sense of curiosity and amongst the speaker who “known not well myself” and the readers; however, the truth is that the scythe “[does] not speak” it “whispers” revealing that the scythe makes a barely audible sound and perhaps the speaker is so fine-tuned into the minute details of a

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