Robert Frost and E.E. Cumings Essay

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Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings
Poetry is considered to be a representational text in which one explores ideas by using symbols. Poetry can be interpreted many different ways and is even harder to interpret when the original author has come and gone. Poetry is an incredible form of literature because the way it has the ability to use the reader as part of its own power. In other words, poetry uses the feelings and past experiences of the reader to interpret things differently from one to another, sometimes not even by choice of the author. Two famous poets come to mind to anybody who has ever been in an English class, Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings. Both of these poets have had numerous famous pieces due to the fact that they both
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Aside from the connections and similarities both of these poems are actually quite different. In Cummings’ poem the time cycle such as, “spring summer autumn winter” (3). Has the effect that time goes by quickly and the little things almost are insignificant. Also in Cummings’ poem he had mentioned how children grew to forget, allowing for such interpretations like, once one grows up they loose who they once were. Where in Frost’s poem time slows down to make a choice that will alter one’s life. When he is deciding between the roads he has time to ponder and question his move having each movement being significant rather than insignificant. Also in Frost’s poem it is safe to assume that when making a choice one will use the knowledge and experiences they had as a child to make choices in the future allowing the reader to understand that one doesn’t simply loose who they once were, but one changes who they become through the choices they make. Frost’s poem has a great sense of irony towards the end, “I shall be telling this with a sigh / somewhere ages and ages hence” (16-17). The irony is that while he’s making his choice he is already anticipating how he will tell the story in the future, almost adding a sense of drama

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