Modern Frost Essay

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The Modern Frost Robert Frost once said "In order to know who we are, we must know opposites." Few of his poems demonstrate this sentiment as well as "Directive" and "Desert Places". On the surface, the poem "Directive" details a person returning to an old rural town to find it deserted and in the process of being reclaimed by nature. The poem is told by someone who is either omniscient or very close to the main figure of the poem. The narrator of the poem can be seen as some sort of guru, priest, or spiritual guide. In "Desert Places," the poem is told by someone who is passing by a field on their way somewhere and reflecting on loneliness and their isolation. In both of these poems, the speakers takes the subject of the poem on a…show more content…
Instead, they had destroyed and brutalized much of the land and people. Out of these harsh realizations grew an appeal to the natural. From reading and interpreting the works of such early authors of this tradition like Thoreau and Emerson, to modern authors like Hemingway and Eliot, a philosophy emerged that a rejection of the modern world and a journey into the natural and instinctual one is the only way to discover one's true self and identity While Thoreau and Emerson idealized the concept of living in nature as a benevolent and spiritual experience, Hemingway described it as a harsh, guttural act that realized one's baser urges and concept. T.S. Eliot's work "The Waste Land" laments the loss of a natural world overtaken and ravaged by industrialization, war, and other modern phenomena as a metaphor for the effects of these events on the psyche of the modern individual. Frost's view on nature contains elements of all these authors, though his work and philosophy remains distinctly his own. Like the Transcendentalists, Frost felt that living in an agrarian life was a positive, healthy and stimulating experience. However, he did not see nature as a necessarily benevolent force; it could be both kind and gentle, harsh and unforgiving. In line with some of Hemingway's views, Frost also believed that nature could be used as a tool to self-discovery. Unlike some

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