Essay about The Dark Side of Humanity Exposed in Robert Frost's Poetry

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The Dark Side of Humanity Exposed in Robert Frost's Poetry Robert Frost is often referred to as a poet of nature. Words and phrases such as fire and ice, flowers in bloom, apple orchards and rolling hills, are all important elements of Frost's work. These ‘benign' objects provide an alternative way to look at the world and are often used as metaphors to describe a darker view of nature and humans. In Frost's poetry, the depth is as important as the surface. The darker aspects of Frost's poetry are often portrayed through the use of symbolism, vivid imagery, and selective word choice. Frost's poems appear to be simple on the surface, yet upon further scrutiny the poems reveal themselves as elusive. Frost utilizes ordinary objects…show more content…
The color gold represents the end of life, whereas green represents new life. The poem also illustrates the loss of innocence. As the seasons change, life progresses and innocence can no longer be sustained. Autumn represents death. The changes in the color of the leaves are often viewed as beautiful even though it marks the end of a season. The end to human life creates overwhelming feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Death, for some people, is a taboo subject. People are not overly comfortable discussing death because of the emotions evoked. Yet, Frost has the ability to create an awareness of the subject by using the beauty of nature as a filter. Frost's darker side is also prevalent through the imagery of many of his poems. For example, the title of the poem "Desert Places", stimulates images of loneliness, feelings of abandonment, and a general sense of isolation. The word "desert" is often associated with harsh living conditions and a place devoid of life. The word ‘it', in "The woods around it have it—it is theirs" (5), refers to the field and suggests that the field is just there. The animals are absent too - "smothered in their lairs" (6). The speaker is "too absent-spirited" (7) to matter. Thus, without the care of man and without the animals the field is deserted, desolated, and lonely. The closing line "To scare myself with my own desert places" (16), examines
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