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Frost: as Cold as He Sounds?

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In many of Frost’s poems he uses symbolism to portray his ideas and views on the world to his reader. “Frost drew his inspiration and symbols from the New England countryside and his diction and rhythms from colloquial New England speech. Although he used simple words and basic ideas, his poems are eloquent and at times profound” (Ulanov 428). The poems have such a deep meaning that one cannot get all of the information out of it by just reading them once. Think of Frost’s poems like the layers of a jaw breaker, they are all different colors and taste just a little different and the deeper one gets into the jaw breaker, the better it is, just like Frost’s poetry. Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” and “Mending Wall” all have very many literary elements to be analyzed by one.
In Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” he mainly uses one literary element and that is symbolism. Robert Frost thinks that nature exists neither to help nor to hurt man. He comes to the conclusion that nature can be severe or minor and that man lives in nature, but is not unified as one with nature. Some of the symbolism that reveals itself in the poem is that the road is a symbol for life and its many choices to be made. “Man learns also, and quickly enough that he cannot range beyond what is his own physical nature permits. The woods tramper in “The Road Not Taken,” coming upon a fork in the path, recognizes to his sorrow that he cannot travel both roads “and be one traveler” (Gerber 133). They say that life is like a road with many little streets off to the side. The theme of the poem is the importance of choices in life. Also the theme focuses on nonconformity, the power of choices, and the mystery of the future.
“Birches” is an extremely well known poe...

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...fied as open-minded and the neighbor could be classified as close-minded. The wall in this poem symbolizes barriers, and unfortunately barriers separate people. A part of the theme is that the unnecessary barriers in life need to be broken down to bring everyone back together. In “Mending Wall,” one could say that nature does not like a wall, as well as, hunters do not like a wall. This poem is told in a first person narrator.
All of Frost’s poems are a little different, but in the end they all come back to the same end point, nature. “Robert Frost was one of America’s greatest nature poets. Not only did he take most of the subjects for his poems from nature, but he chose the relationship between humanity and nature to be his ruling theme” (Bell 223). Frost uniquely combines the darkness and the light of nature to show the so many different sides of nature itself.
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