The Presentation of Nature in Robert Frost's Poetry Essay

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The Presentation of Nature in Robert Frost's Poetry

Many of Robert Frost's poems contain the vital ingredient of 'nature'. Frost uses nature as a metaphor, primarily, in his poems to express the intentions of his poems. He uses nature as a background metaphor in which he usually begins a poem with an observation of something in nature and then moves towards a connection to some human situation. He uses rural landscapes, homely farmers and the natural world to illustrate this human psychological struggle with everyday situations that we seem to experience.

Frost uses blank verse in "The Wood-Pile" by using an iambic pentameter. This is very typical of Frost in his nature poetry. We get this
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The speaker does not know which road to take; neither of the roads is less travelled by. He has to make a decision and at the end of the day, the nature of the decision is that there is no Right path, just a chosen path and the other path as show in "The Road Not Taken".

"The Wood-Pile" is appealing, but the point Frost is trying to make could be perhaps speaking of human effort and what it comes to or hinting at despair. But the last two lines are warming and carves itself into the poem permanently, perhaps ending the poem with a sense of hope, in that the wood decays, generating heat, which makes it have some uses, even though it has been abandoned and left to rot, yet it is a hopeless task all the same. In "The Wood-Pile", there was 'hard snow', which held the speaker back from going any further, but the speaker persists on, but to only get lost. This leads the speaker to the woodpile to a revelation of human effort, despair and decay, here is an example where Frost uses nature as a barrier in his poems, but in a worthwhile way.

Another example of this is in the poem, "Mending Wall". We have two men meeting only in terms of civility and neighbourliness to build a barrier between them. They do so out of habit and tradition. Yet the earth conspires against them, whether at hands of hunters or the