Unique Senses of Place in Poetry by Edward Thomas and Robert Frost

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Both Edward Thomas and Robert Frost explore many poems where they describe a place which would transport the reader to a specific scene that implies that this place is somewhat important to the poet. Edward Thomas’ poem, ‘Adlestrop’ describes where he witnessed a place for only a few moments as his train stopped at a station, named ‘Adlestrop’. Adlestrop is a small rural parish on the eastern border of Gloucestershire, and it is very well-known for its countryside and walks. This poem begins with the line “Yes, I remember Adlestrop”; this leads us to believe that someone may have asked him if he knew this place and also creates a conversational feel of the poem to intrigue the reader to find out how exactly he did remember Adlestrop.…show more content…
Someone…” This creates an image in the reader’s mind where they can imagine the sound of the train. Thomas once more uses the caesura to emphasise that all he saw on the platform was only the sign which said the name ‘Adlestrop’. This is then contrasted with the next two stanzas where the speaker describes the nature surrounding the station as nature seems to be full of life while the station is empty. The third stanza begins with an enjambment which creates a flowing effect which can relate to the conversational style of this poem. There is a great use of imagery in this stanza as the reader is given a list of plants which the speaker can see. He personifies the cloudlets as being lonely and uses sibilance to give an impression of the fullness of the nature surrounding him in a peaceful manner e.g. “And willows, willow-herb, and grass, and meadowsweet…” In stanza four he begins with “And for that minute…” which is again adding more precise details to the memory as he first says that it was “one afternoon”. The narrator describes how the song of the blackbirds multiplied which could be associated with the happiness Thomas feels with nature. He makes use of repetition to emphasise how the blackbirds flew ‘farther and farther’ away which can be described as a hyperbole. Robert Frost uses similar techniques in his poem ‘Stopping by woods on a Snowy evening’.

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