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…show more content…
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
The Dark Side of Robert Frost’s Nature Essay
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Robert Frost is known for his poems about nature, he writes about trees, flowers, and animals. This is a common misconception, Robert Frost is more than someone who writes a happy poem about nature. The elements of nature he uses are symbolic of something more, something darker, and something that needs close attention to be discovered. Flowers might not always represent beauty in Robert Frost’s poetry. Symbolism is present in every line of the nature’s poet’s poems. The everyday objects present in his poems provide the reader an alternative perspective of the world. Robert Frost uses all the elements of poetry to describe the darker side of nature. After analyzing the Poem Mending Wall and After Apple Picking it is clear that nature plays…show more content…
He was born in San Francisco, California and lived with his mother who was a school teacher, and father who was a journalist. At a very young age Frost had to overcome his father’s death, who died when he was eleven. Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College and held many different jobs. He published a number of poems and married Elinor White, who he had six children with. Later Frost attended Harvard but dropped out to work as a farmer and school teacher. His life became harder when his poetry was rejected by many and his new born son died. Later Frost encountered death again because he almost died from pneumonia and actually lost another child. The grief pushed Robert Frost to poetry more and more. He sold his farm and went to England to pursue poetry and published his first book. Nature was a popular theme in his poetry and “he addressed not only its loveliness but also the isolation, harshness, and pain its New England inhabitants had to endure” (notablebiographies).
Later on he returned to America as a famous poet and settled on a farm. In 1934 his daughter Marjorie died and 1938 his wife died from a heart attack. Robert Frost sold his house and began his three year stay at Harvard, where his only surviving son committed suicide. These continuous tragedies are apparent in his poems because of the presence of darkness and death. Robert Frost’s life was not an easy one, and it is clear through the themes in his poetry. Not only does he use