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Robert Frost Transcendentalism

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Transcendentalism is a social and literary ideology that influences individuals and society to revisit the most simple innate beliefs. It provides for the development of one's philosophy and the understanding of nature with the aim of creating a utopian society. These ideas prompt individuals to abandon traditional views and embrace new perspectives on life. Transcendentalists ardently encourage self-reliance and independence as characteristics of responsible citizens. A significant manifestation of transcendental thought is found in literature. Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps In Mud Time” is a poem that encompasses the core transcendental beliefs of self-reliance, understanding of the universe, and rejection of materialism. Through his description of tramps and nature, Frost expresses an appreciation of the significance of work and nature in our…show more content…
Mostly using the words, “I”, “me”, and “my” to describe his actions, Frost chops his own wood for pleasure enjoying the natural surroundings, rather than allowing one of the tramps to do it for pay. It is evident that Frost recognizes their plight and knows that he has “no right to play with what was another man’s work for gain.” (Frost 59). Though Frost acknowledges that his “...right might be love but theirs was need,”(Frost 60), he understands that the tramp’s demand for work “...was the better right -- agreed.” (Frost 62). The strong individualist that Frost deduces himself to be, displays that he is not necessarily indifferent to the impecunious tramps, but rather, is too self-reliant to require the service of others in fulfilling elemental tasks. A prominent transcendentalist work, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”, encompases Frost’s mentality of bringing satisfaction to oneself stating, “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”(Emerson par. 51) Frost’s autonomous attitude unveils his transcendence above the reliance on
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