Robert Frost and Nature Analytical Essay by Writing Specialists

Robert Frost and Nature
An analysis of nature as portrayed in Robert Frost's poetry.
# 91893 | 3,158 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2007 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper discusses Robert Frost's view of nature, stating that, while he usually sees nature as a dangerous adversary, this is because he is commenting on the human condition and the material world. However, Frost has his moments of spiritual inspiration when nature produces some wondrous effect that transforms him and transports him into bliss. The paper explains that such experiences bring a new understanding of the self.

From the Paper:

"Robert Frost did not want to be known as a "nature poet." He said many times, "I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems" (Frost Friends web site, 1). Two rare exceptions are "Spring Pools" and "A Winter Eden," but even those poems are not about nature. They are about the notion of perfection. The spring pools are described as "almost without defect" while a snow scene is portrayed as "paradise."
On the other hand, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," which is frequently read as a nature poem, really has very little nature in it. Frost says the woods "are lovely, dark and deep" and then immediatly turns away from them because the poem is not about the woods."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Elder, John, "The Poetry of Experience," New Literary History, v. 30, no. 3, 649-659, 1999.
  • Frost Friends web site, "Frost and Nature": Accessed 3/31/06
  • Frost, Robert, New Enlarged Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems. New York: Washington Square, 1971.
  • Giles, Paul, "From Decadent Aesthetics to Political Fetishism: The 'Oracle Effect' of Robert Frost's Poetry," American Literary History, 713-744, 2000.
  • Liebman, Sheldon W., "Robert Frost, Romantic," Twentieth Century Literature, v. 42, 417-437, Winter, 1996.

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