Life and Death in Poetry

analytical Essay
2084 words
2084 words

Life and death are two things that we as humans must all face. The road from one to the other, from life to death, is a long and at times, both joyous and painful one. Robert Frost’s poems are a prime example of these times and trials. The poems I chose for this paper highlight them, and with Frost’s allegory, they present a sort of silver lining to the string of dark and dreary words he’s pieced together for these poems. The depressing tone to the poems “Acquainted with the Night”, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowing Evening” could be attributed to the death of many of Frost’s family members, and how despite this he overcame it all, and at the end of his life, was a successful writer. These poems to not go into great explanation of the details of Frost’s life, however, I believe that they are representations of the things path that he’s walked, and how he viewed his actions and death in general. The first line in the poem, “I have been one acquainted with the night.” (Frost) – suggests that Frost, or the personified character in the poem states that he has met darkness. This does not describe death, more so trials and tribulations in life that we have all faced. There doesn’t need any specifics to this, simply because not everyone’s life goes along the same track or path. The second stanza, “I have walked out in rain – and back in rain.” – is letting us know that Frost has been in and out of sadness and depression. A metaphor for such sadness could be likened to rain. The next two lines give a better description of how this poem is a better representation of how difficult life can be for us all. “I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane.” (Frost) I belie... ... middle of paper ... ...Cited Doyle, John Robert, Jr. 1988. The Literature Resource Center. 3 August 2010 . Frost, Robert. New Enlarged Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems. New York: Washington Square Press, 1971. Hotchman, Jhan. "An overview of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Literature Resource Center. 3 August 2010 . Klinkowitz, Jerome and Patricia B Wallace. The Norton Anthology of Americal Literature. Seventh. Vol. Volume D. New York City: Norton, 2007, 2003, 1998, 1994, 1989, 1985, 1979. 5 vols. Murray, Keat. Literature Resource Center. 1 August 2010 .

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the two lines describe how we willingly walk into darkness, whether or not we know that there is darkness ahead. the character's decisions have led him out of the furthest city lights.
  • Analyzes how youth is bright at the beginning, but as you grow older, you are unable to hold onto it. we all wish we could go back to our childhoods, when time was easier.
  • Compares the first stanza of frost's poem to how, sometimes, we are distracted by things that seem very trivial when we look back at them.
  • Analyzes how the horse physically alerts the rider, to ask if stopping here is a mistake. in life, it may be feasible to rest, stop and just relax.
  • Analyzes how frost's poems are a prime example of these times and trials. the depressing tone to the poems "acquainted with the night", "nothing gold can stay" and "stopping by the woods" is attributed to his family members' death.
  • Analyzes how frost's poem bridges the gulf between the persona’s conception of god and his spiritual capacity. the character drops his eyes in shame, unwilling to explain such deeds to them.
  • Analyzes how the second stanza describes a cry that pulls the character from his reverie, but frost does not make this strange action clear within his writing.
  • Analyzes how the clock tells the reader that the characters actions are neither right nor wrong. frost's "nothing gold can stay" proves that life is short.
  • Analyzes how doyle's quote is a perfect explanation of how frost wants us to view youth, and life in general.
  • Analyzes how the rider's horse is uneasy with not being able to rest where there should be a farmhouse near.
  • Analyzes how the rider remembers the dedication and promises he has to keep, even though we don't know what they are. the unifying theme of life and death is a feasible theme for frost's poetry.
  • Describes frost's poems in the new enlarged anthology of americal literature.
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