Analysis Of The Wood-Pile By Robert Frost

Robert Frost was born in California but later moved with his family to New England when he was eleven due to the death of his father. Robert Frost then went on to study at Harvard and Dartmouth University which were Ivy League schools during his early adulthood. In New Hampshire he began working as a farmer, while publishing the local paper and poems. Later, Frost then took on a teaching job until 1912, and then he moved to England with the intention of working on becoming a famous poet. In 1915 Frost was a well-known poet and decided to move back to the United States to live on the farm in New Hampshire were he wrote the majority of his famous poetry. One of his most famous poems was called “The Wood-Pile”. In this poem Frost embodies of nature as well as themes of decay, but if your read deeper in the poem it also has to do with fear of the unknown, yet love for nature and anxiety. These tones are very visible throughout the poem. The stake and the prop are natural resources and the woodpile is a society and because we are using nature it is soon going to collapse. Robert Frost uses anthropomorphism when he mentions the bird, as he shows him as if it is going to be the “last stand”. Frost also wonders how humanity can spend so much time creating a structured order only to abandon it.
“The Wood-Pile” follows the Frostian which is a 5-stress line but strains it more than usual. The strain is to the formal regularity and not to the sound of the poem which, for Frost, comes first. (Sparknotes). In the beginning of ” The Wood-Pile poem”, the writer is walking along a frozen swamp. He is contemplating going back but decides to continue walking and see where he go's. The writer believes think that walking away would have given him life...

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... life and how it has been touched by death. It also resembles how it will be his time to die as well sooner or later and how he will not be afraid to accept it and not turn back. The bird leads him to believe that he is walking to his death and that the white tail feather is telling him to surrender and not turn back, but in the end he doesn’t. Robert Frost was influenced by the country side of New England where he spent most of his life. Frost loved the rural life, nature and used simple and natural patterns of speech in his poetry. The subjects of his writings were also very simple just like his life in New England. Despite the simplicity of his poems they were also a universal representations of common situations. He had perfect meters and rhyme and his poetic images were great even though the simplicity of his style which classifies him among the greatest poets.
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