Critique of Robert Frost Essays

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Marion Montgomery, “Robert Frost and His Use of Barriers: Man vs. Nature Toward God,” Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962. Reprinted by permission of The South Atlantic Quarterly.      Robert Frost is considered by the casual reader to be a poet of nature like that of a Wordsworth. In a sense, his poetry is about nature, yet with strong underlying tones of the drama of man in nature. Frost himself stated, “I guess I’m not a nature poet,” “ I have only written two without a human being in them (138).” Marion Montgomery’s critical essay plays with the epitaph that Frost proposes for himself in The Lesson for Today: “I have a lovers quarrel with the world.” Montgomery says, that the lovers quarrel is…show more content…
Many of the works Frost has written show “his acceptance of man’s limitations and the acceptance of mystery in existence than to agnosticism (142).” The essay is stating that Frost is reserving judgment, keeping silent on his opinions of God and the supernatural. The essay states his thoughts to be, “ experience comes early, understanding later (142).” Frost has been critically ridiculed for his cynicism in his poetry of God toward man. “To Frost, the mindless world, despite its laws and patterns of cause and effect, lacks completeness, … but man was created so that he may try to make the world complete (143).” Montgomery insists that Frost is devoted to God in his poetry, he implies that God gave us minds and that we should use our minds for the enhancement of the creator’s world.      The critical essay by Marion Montgomery explains how Frost connects man to nature and God. Barriers exist between man and nature, and man and God. By interweaving the elements in his poetry, Frost enhances the underlying tones of his work. He invites the readers to find themselves through his poetry, not just in extraordinary circumstances but also in the struggle of everyday life. Nature and God play a backseat role through his poetry. He tends to use nature to symbolize something that has to do with human life or situations that humans

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