The Silken Tent, By Robert Frost

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“The Silken Tent,” written by Robert Frost, portrays the many mysteries of the human mind and its need for attention. Frost explains the meaning through an iambic pentameter rhyming style, as well as, a variety of poetic devices. The poem stands out through the use of a sonnet style to have numerous different meanings. Robert Frost uses extended simlies and sensory imagery in “The Silken Tent” to discuss the tenacious nature of a woman’s individuality. The scene begins at midday in a field with an innocent looking woman residing in the field. Frost uses a vast array of descriptive terms to convey an amazing scenic environment. The leading line compares an innocent woman to an exotic, fair, and exquisite silken tent a metaphor that remains present throughout the sonnet.“The sunny summer breeze” reinforces the innocence and beauty of not only the tent, but the mysterious woman in addition . The separation of the summer breeze and the line that mentions the dew being dried, signifies a contradictory twist between the two lines. “The sunny summer breeze” dries the dew and causes the ropes to sway . The irony marks a conflict and a cognitive dissonance in the reader. Frost stains his sonnet with irony when he says “has dried the dew and all the ropes relent” in the summer breeze. With the introduction of the wind to the tent, the ropes would be swaying gently. Frost uses the irony to stir the unpredictability of emotions, and how everything may be going well, but conflict, or the

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