The Poetry Of Robert Frost

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The purpose of this essay is to examine the poetry of Robert Frost for references to themes of nature, religion, and humanity and how they relate to each other. This exercise will be prefaced with a brief introduction to the man and his life as a segue to better understanding Frost’s verse. The unexpected but unavoidable aim of this composition will be to realize that Frost’s body of work is almost too sophisticated to comprehend, his manipulation of language so elusive that each reader may believe Frost is speaking only to them, as the only incontrovertible truth is the poems ‘operate on so many levels’. The reader should note that no discussion will be offered on poetry form, as that is a consideration best left to literary experts, and otherwise is not germane to thematic consideration. However, it takes little competence, more an openness, to allow the paean, hymnal lyricism of Frost’s words to insinuate themselves into one’s inner voice; synchronizing with his struggle to explain our very existence. That, instead, will be the focus of the paper. Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 and died in January 1963 at the age of 86. He was born in San Francisco but relocated with his mother to Massachusetts upon his father’s death to live on his grandparents’ farm. He showed a propensity for verse at a young age and his first experience as a published poet occurred while he was still in high school. Here he met the love of his life, Elinor White. They were co-valedictorians

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