The Poetry of Robert Frost Essay

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Robert Frost has long been recognised as one of America’s greatest poets. Each poem begins with a straightforward description of a place or situation and then gently moves towards commentary and reflection on human life. There are life lessons to be learned in every poem which appeal to the reader both intellectually and emotionally. Frost deals with various aspects of human life throughout his poetry, such as; childhood, relationships, death, decision making, depression etc. Frost expresses these themes and emotions in a very personal way and yet each can be interpreted on a universal level. For example ‘The Road Not Taken’ deals with the complexities of decision making. By using the metaphorical image of ‘two roads diverged’ Frost…show more content…
‘Out in the rain-and back in the rain’. ‘Acquainted With The Night’ has a very controlled rhyme scheme ( aba, bcb, cdc..) Again this poem is written in very simple, direct language, a feature which appears constant throughout Frost’s work. In ‘Acquainted With The Night’ Frost expresses a feeling of alienation and similarly throughout ‘Mending Wall’ Frost contemplates the necessity of physical boundaries between people which would effectively isolate them from one and other. Once again, we see Frosts use of simple, clear, direct language. He uses subtle humour to convey his thoughts on the need for a wall. ‘My apple trees.. eat the cones under his pines’ ‘Isn’t it where there are cows? But here there are no cows’. The humour here is very effective and establishes Frost as a very clever poet as he is able to make a profound topic very accessible. ‘Out, Out’ focuses on the brevity of life and emotions associated with death. The title of this poem echoes Shakespeare’s “Out, out, brief candle”, which also comments on the same point, the candle being a metaphor for life. We are given an idyllic family setting in Vermont where a ‘big boy is doing a man’s work’. But the saw ‘leaped’ out of his hand and ‘he saw all spoiled’. Frost’s use of personification here, really

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