To say that Frost is a nature poet is inaccurate. His poetry is in the main psychologically oriented with emphasis on specific recurring themes, which include, but are not limited to, loneliness, retreat, spirituality, darkness, and death. Frost said himself repeatedly, “I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems” (quoted in Thompson). This may be hard for some to grasp, as Frost is world renowned for his alleged nature theme.
In this poem by Frost he uses many similes and metaphors that compare and contrast the mountain to a wall. Line 4 support the fact of the shadow covering the town. Lines 5 and 6 shows one of the comparisons, that make it seems as if the mountains are protecting the town from danger. The mountain seems to be protecting the town from danger but in reality it is not. The Figurative language of simile that Frost uses throughout the poem compares one main thing that is shown in the beginning of the poem which is the shadow to a wall.
“Frost recognizes that before things in life are raised up, they must fall down” (Bloom 22). Frost’s sentence structure is long and complicated. Many meanings of his poems are not revealed to the reader through first glance, but only after close introspection of the poem. The true meanings contained in Frost’s poems, are usually lessons on life. Frost uses symbolism of nature and incorporates that symbolism into everyday life situations.
You want to overcome fears just the same as you wishing to make it to the top of the mountain. Robert Frost has many themes throughout his poem. Three of the themes during this poem are the description of the mountain, the manipulation of the farmer, and the actions of the man. Frost knows the right ways to take someone on a journey. Nature is commonly known as one of Robert Frost’s favorite subjects to write about.
Robert Frost uses metaphor and symbolism extensively in ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, developing deeper and more complex meanings from a superficially simple poem. Frost’s own analysis contributes greatly to our appreciation of the importance of metaphor, claiming that “metaphor [is] the whole of thinking,” inviting the reader to interpret the beautiful scene in a more profound way. However, the multitude of possible interpretations sees it being read as either carefully crafted lyric, a “suicide poem, [or] as recording a single autobiographical incident” . Judith Oster argues, therefore, that the social conditions individual to each reader tangibly alter our understanding of metaphor. Despite the simplicity of language, Frost uses conventional metaphors to explore complex ideas about life, death and nature.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” After a lifetime of ups and downs, Robert Frost said this quote. Most of his poems already shared his message, that life is not as easy as it may first appear to be. He used the simplicity of nature and vernacular speech to give his poems a casual mood, though underneath they display a much deeper meaning of life. These poems help to show people just some of the difficult things that will be faced in life, despite everything done to prevent them from happening. In particular, his poems “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Fire and Ice,” and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” incorporate this meaning into them while on the surface, they seem like just simple poems about nature.
The meaning of a poem such like this one is tha... ... middle of paper ... ...ody can write a poem so unique that it makes the reader think into what the poet means. This journal showed me that every author has different qualities and that no one writes the same way and that Robert Frosts has a lot of power in some areas and lacks power in others. Frost’s poems will be read for many years to come and will always make the reader think before going onto another poem because that’s how different Frost’s poems are compared to other poet’s. Frost makes readers think outside the box and uses his personal life in most of his poems so the reader can understand where he is coming from. Without poems like “The Mending Wall” or “The Road Not Taken” we wouldn’t think of looking into a situation more closely.
I have always found diverging into a Robert Frost poem intriguing. One cannot artlessly draw to a single conclusion that could summarize or give a poem a specific meaning. We can commonly find multiple meanings expressed throughout a piece of his work. In, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, you can feel the emotion of his words throughout the poem. To me, in this poem, I could feel the expression of his sense of appreciation and compassion towards nature.
In other words, symbolic words make us to interpret a work in so different ways as far as the work permits and supports the interpretation. In regard to this point, different interpretations on the poem ”Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” are inevitable. Because this is a symbolic poem, full of symbolic words such as woods, horse, dark, snow…etc. As far as I researched, it seems that all the interpretations are through three common perspectives, those I explain about one by one, from more dominant to less. Perspective 1: Life/Beauty In brief, in this perspective we see the speake... ... middle of paper ... ... fellows who go ahead and say all sorts of things.
In some of Frost’s poems, such as The Road Not Taken, symbolism is used to pull out human emotions relating to situations in our lives. Frost had unique, signature symbols, such as one traveling alone in many poems, and also the paths that are faced and the choices that are made in life. In lines 2-5 of the poem, Frost covers how decisions are weighed and from there the better decision is made: “And sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth.” The lonesome traveler is figuratively looking down the paths of his life and trying to decide which to take. However, the poem states that neither of the roads is truly less traveled in lines 9 and 10: “Though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same (Frost)…” The traveler, speaking figuratively, has the option of taking one of two paths in life, both with the same wear and tear, same crises, and unknown outcomes, showing what is faced in life. To support the idea that there is no less traveled road, the title comes in handy: “The Road Not Taken.” Imagery is shown in certain poems to bring out the senses.