Robert Frost and Nature Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Robert Frost and Nature
An analysis of the poetry of Robert Frost, focusing on his theme of nature.
# 36540 | 1,900 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry)

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This paper uses Robert Frost's poems to highlight his pervasive theme of nature and his use of ordinary language, personification and dialogue. The paper shows how he connected the relationship between man, nature and God through the use of his simple yet, meaningful imagery. The paper specifically discusses Frost's themes of dark woods and snow, storms and stars, and the frightening barriers between man and man, and also examines his moments of high comedy, satire, and rural peace. The paper posits that Frost has finally gained his rightful place as a major American poet.

From the Paper:

"Frost is not the first to maintain that metaphor is the soul of poetry, or that emotion controlled by mind is the necessary discipline for it. But he ranges far beyond that with his notion that all thinking is metaphorical, and he illustrates this with an impressive series of scientific theories from Pythagoras' numbers through evolution to the curvature of space. His point is that unless a man is properly educated in the use of metaphor, he is "not safe anywhere." He is uncertain how far to trust the metaphor, where it will hold, where it might break down-for "all metaphor breaks down somewhere. That is the beauty of it." It is alive.
"Frost's language, is ordinary and everyday. His language reinforces his subjects, for humble words are appropriate for humble topics. His poetry this speech is disciplined refined and made to serve the poetic purpose. He also chooses mood-words with extreme care; in stanzas suggesting sadness, for example, he will use words like "dim," "bewildered," "withering," while in stanzas of happiness he will speak of "leaping tongues of bloom," "morning gladness," "wakening." All words will however, refer to nature as the main theme."

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