The Power Of Perceptions In Robert Frost's Poetry

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Discoveries can have a profound impact on an individual that can result in renewed perspectives of themselves and the world. The emotional responses conveyed in texts position individuals to re-evaluate their perceptions of themselves and their world, which in turn provoke intellectual and spiritual discoveries and or in turn allow us to gain a shift in perspective. The discoveries embedded within Robert Frost’s poems, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘A Tuft of Flowers’, coupled with the poem “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath, explore the emotive power of the search for human connection and desire to find meaning in an impermanent universe. Frost’s anecdotal poem Fire and Ice, challenges the perceptions of responders, positioning them to consider the significance of character and behaviour as defining forces in our world. Fire and ice metaphorically alludes to the power of human relationships and their ability to be potentially destructive. The rhyme of “twice”, “ice” and “suffice” have ominous overtones, suggesting that the failure of one force will only ensure the operation of another. The responder is challenged by the personification of the natural forces, fire and ice, in invoking the end of the world, as it creates a tangible sense of fear which is reinforced through the personas suggestion that either option can potentially “suffice” causing them to morbidly contemplate their options. The ultimate insignificance of man in the all-powerful world is discovered through, “but if I had to perish twice.” Frost’s personal reflection through the use of personal pronoun “I” adds a morbid tone by personalising death. Through his simplistically deceptive form, Frost creates a dichotomy, juxtaposing the paradoxical elements fire and ice which are symbolic of associated character traits, ice representing deliberation, whereas fire is connotated as desire and passion. Moreover, fire and ice represent the two sides of the human mind, ice as a metaphorical representation of rationality or intellect, and fire symbolic of emotion. Furthermore, Frost’s change in tense from ‘tasted’ to ‘know’ suggests that his current familiarity of hate is the consequence of experiencing desire, thus he is exposed to the ability of the contradictory emotions
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