Theme of Alienation in Frost's Poem

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Man: His Solitariness Robert Frost has written on almost every subject, but alienation and isolation, both emotional and physical, are the major themes of his poetry. His, ‘book of people’, North of Boston, is full of solitaries who are lonely and isolated for one reason or the other. Frost is a great poet of boundaries and barriers which divide men from men and come in the way of communication, and so result in lack of understanding and friction. Man is not only isolated from other man, but Frost pictures him as also alone and solitary in an impersonal and unfeeling environment.
Separateness from the Stars This concern with barriers, barriers which result in alienation and loneliness, is a predominant theme in Frost’s poetry. There
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In the end they are in love, or about to fall in love, and have made a pact to return and rebuild the old homeplace.” Alone and helpless as he is, man must wage a constant war against his physical environment which is inimical to human existence.
The Otherness of Nature Thirdly, Man’s physical existence itself is a barrier which divides man from the soul or spirit of nature. While Wordsworth denied the very existence of barriers between man and nature, for Frost a wide gulf separates man and nature, spirit and matter. In a number of poems he stresses the ‘othernes’s and indifference of Nature, and shows that it is futile to expect any sympathy from the spirit of soul which moves or governs the world. Individual man and the forces of nature are two different principles, and the boundaries which separate them must be respected. These boundaries are insisted upon. In Two Look at Two, the man and the woman do feel that there is an affinity between themselves and the buck and the doe that stare back at them. But such moments are rare. They are ‘a favour’, and even here there is the man-made fence of, ‘barbed wire binding’, which separates, “human nature from deer nature”. In Most of It man is shown in all his terrifying loneliness by the behaviour of the buck:
But after a time allowed for it to swim,
Instead of proving human when it neared
And someone else additional to him,
As a great buck—it
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