Robert Frost’s PoetryJaspreet ChoudharyLITR322Prof. Ezekiel JarvisDecember 30th, 2017 Robert Frost’s poetry drives asense of nostalgia that creates images of a place, thing or the feelingassociated with his poetry. He is an amazing poet; who is able to “engage newgenerations of scholars through biographical, cultural, or theoretical ideas”.
Mr. Frost had dealt with themes involving “resentment, hostility, fear,isolation, and despair that are hidden under humor” . Therefore, RobertFrost’s poetry has a sense nostalgia is derived from these themes that arecommon and has been experienced by the masses.
RobertFrost was a symbolic figure in the academic culture, especially in redefining“American Literature” during a time where modernism and modernist wereconsidered unconventional . Mr. Frost had participated in various debatesabout his modernism making documents and allowing a deeper understanding of hislife’s work .
This is also portrayed in his poem “Fire and Ice” where hespeaks of the end of the world whether it be fire or ice, it wouldn’t matterbecause according to the speaker, “to say destruction from ice is also greatand would suffice” (“fire and ice”,lines 7-9). The poem “Fire and Ice” has a humorist tone with the theme beingdestruction and despair. At the time period and style in which the poem waswritten could be considered as unconventional. There is also associated imagerywith this poem where the word “world” can be viewed as planet Earth or societythat we live in and the concept of “fire and ice” is more mental rather thanphysical.
Therefore, Robert Frost took traditional ideas and concept with atwist of modernism that challenged scholars to contemplate the significance ofpoetry. Robert Frost’s poetry also relaysthe relationship between humans and nature. Nature is a very common occurrencein Mr. Frost’s poetry; such as in poems like “the road not taken” or “stoppingby woods on a snowy evening”. Robert Frost was described to be “a genius of isart” who was also known to be “cunning and crafty” when it came to his art;which was proven after his death . Nature provides a physical experiencealong with a mental and emotional connection when expressed in poetry . Forexample, in “A road not taken” it described two paths that arepossible to take to get to a destination.
It is shown when the speaker says,”because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for the passing therehad worn them really the same” (“theroad not taken”, lines 8-10). Another example can be seen where nature inrelation with a human in “stopping by woods on a snowy evening”. Asthe speaker is exploring his land, there is a scene where the speaker says,”to stop without a farmhouse near between the woods and frozen lake thedarkest evening of the year” (“stoppingby woods on a snowy evening”, lines 6-8). It creates a scenery for what thespeaker is experiencing rather than what the speaker is saying. Therefore,Robert Frost’s poetry has a sense of nostalgia because of the effect of thenatural world has on the human observer; such as natural objects havingmanifestations in poetry rather than being lifeless objects .
Finally, the use of repetition andecho that either amplify the poem and create an emotional experience. RobertFrost used devices like repetition, rhyme, and paradox to create an interest inthe poem and force the reader or listener to watch out for every word . Forexample, in the poem “stopping by woods on a snowy evening” that follows arhyme along with repetition that is not exactly apparent but is visible by theend; when the speaker creates an echo of the last sentence as he says,”But I have promised to keep and miles to go before I sleep”(“stopping by woods on a snowy evening”, lines 14-16).
Mr. Frost wasexceptionally well at combining modernist awareness that is also evident in“stopping by wood on a snowy evening”. However, He was a poet whose audiencewas not really interested in poetry or anything with extensively complicatedideas; thus, the poetry by Robert Frost has such an exceptional outcome that isbrought upon by repetition or echo .
In the poem “the road not taken” thereis a constant repeat of a rhythm that creates a sense of repetition. For example,when the speaker says, “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages andages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveledby, and that has made all the difference” (“theroad not taken”, lines 16-20). Thislast stanza of the poem creates a repetition but also an emphasis on how thepoem began on there being two diverging paths in woods and repetition of word”age” is another example. Therefore, the repetition and echo createsa mystery but not extensively that still provides a balance in the poem so thatit is not boring.In conclusion, Robert Frost is a modernistpoet who uses repetition and rhyme echo that is used effectively in poemsinvolving human relations with nature. Mr. Frost explored the balance in a poemalong with creating an emotional connection with the reader or listener, asthey get the sense of nostalgia in his poetry. Bibliography: 1.
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