The Psychology of Robert Frost’s Nature Poetry Robert Frost’s nature poetry occupies a significant place in the poetic arts; however, it is likely Frost’s use of nature is the most misunderstood aspect of his poetry. While nature is always present in Frost’s writing, it is primarily used in a “pastoral sense” (Lynen 1). This makes sense as Frost did consider himself to be a shepherd. Frost uses nature as an image that he wants us to see or a metaphor that he wants us to relate to on a psychological level. To say that Frost is a nature poet is inaccurate.
Finally, Gioia uses the concept of the sublime in his poetry to the extent that nature becomes dangerous to humans. Many English Romantic poets have written about the innocent and purity that can be found in nature. In Wordsworth's "Nutting," he comments on the beauty of the innocence of an "unvisited" nook his character discovers. Wordsworth writes, "Unvisited, where not a broken bough / Drooped with its withered leaves, ungracious sign / Of devastation; but the hazels rose / tall and erect, with tempting clusters hung, / A virgin scene!" (Ln17-31) Wordsworth is commenting on the innocence and beauty of nature without human intrusion.
This ideology derives from Frost’s childhood – where strict rules and punishments were a normal occurrence. When Frost’s first poem was published professionally to rave reviews, he devoted himself entirely to his art by moving to England – where a combination of the natural beauty of the English farm life, sole determination, and pure talent made him one of the most recognisable figures in American history – inspiring this anthology – “Robert Frost – Breaking the Walls.” Some of the famous poems included in this anthology consist of, “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Mending Wall” and “After Apple Picking.”. “The Road Not Taken” reflects Frost’s opinion that society is stressful, as the speaker agonizes over a life decision represented by the division of a road. “The Road Not Taken” involves ‘life’s choices’, and can be directly related to Frost’s own life and experiences. It begins with;” Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” The yellow woods are the first example of where Robert Frost has used nature as a means of expressing his feelings.
In a sense, his poetry is about nature, yet with strong underlying tones of the drama of man in nature. Frost himself stated, “I guess I’m not a nature poet,” “ I have only written two without a human being in them (138).” Marion Montgomery’s critical essay plays with the epitaph that Frost proposes for himself in The Lesson for Today: “I have a lovers quarrel with the world.” Montgomery says, that the lovers quarrel is Frost’s poetic subject, and states, “throughout his poetry there is evidence of this view of mans’ existence in the natural world (138). The essay examines how Frost’s attitude toward nature is one with armed and amicable truce and mutual respect interwoven with boundaries of the two principles, individual man and the forces of the world. But the boundaries are insisted upon. The critical essay examines how Frost’s direct addresses of nature are often how man is essentially different from objects and features of nature.
Clearly someone is watching all of the snow fall and the wind blow. This is an example of how someone would spend time with and embrace nature in a transcendentalist way. This quote, “The sovereignty of this nature whereof we speak; is made known by its independency of those limitations which circumscribe us on every hand” ("Over-Soul: The First Series") was written by Emerson in one of his essays, Over-Soul, and it explains how nature is all around each person and it is only as powerful as they allow it to be. In “The Snow-Storm”, nothing else exists except for nature and the beauty it beholds. “The Snow-Storm” is a perfect illustration for transcendentalism because, “Nature is the focal point for much transcendentalist thought and writing,” (Literary Movements for Students 843).
“Better than all measures of delightful sound, better than all treasures that in books are found, thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground!”(lines 96-100) In this section of the poem, Shelley compared the skylark’s singing to a treasu... ... middle of paper ... ...f nature and what it is like to not be controlled by the grip of society. Thus, To a Skylark incorporates elements of romanticism, figures of speech, and conveys a theme of freedom in nature. He tried to get people to understand his view that the world and nature’s beauty are better than anything one could imagine. “The world should listen then, as I am listening now”(line 105). In the last line of the poem, Shelley says that he finally started listening to the skylark and its call for humans to see the beauty in nature.
Relation of Descriptions to Nature in Coleridge's Poetry Coleridge, like many other romantic writers of his time such as Wordsworth, demonstrated through his works a great interest in nature. Instead of following the philosophy of the eighteenth century which drew the line between man and nature, Coleridge developed a passionate view of the idea that there is just ''one''. He believed that nature was ""the eternal language which God utters"", therefore conecting men, nature and the spiritual together. In his poetry, Coleridge used his philosophy to to explore wider issues through the close observation of images and themes relating to the natural world. Coleridge makes use of paradoxes to demonstrate the equilibrium found in the ever-conflicting natural world.
Once again Frost brings ice up when he mentions flake and cold wind. Then in the last stanza Frost mentions woods again. Even though the narrator has a long way to go he always has enough time to stop and watch the small thing in nature in detail. This goes to show that Frost’s interest in nature is very large, and he portrays this through his characters. Second, in the poem “Once by the Pacific” there is a lot of nature expressed.
Robert Frost’s poems are well liked because they work on so many different levels; on the surface they are stories about the beauty of nature, while deeper down they are journeys in finding ones self and more. Robert Frost is an American poet who was born in San Francisco. His poems reflect rural life and is one of America's best known poets. Through his works he uses symbolism and nature to show man in search of self. Robert Frost was from the city but writes about nature in a way of bringing about more complex emotional and intellectual concepts.
The Presentation of Nature in Robert Frost's Poetry Many of Robert Frost's poems contain the vital ingredient of 'nature'. Frost uses nature as a metaphor, primarily, in his poems to express the intentions of his poems. He uses nature as a background metaphor in which he usually begins a poem with an observation of something in nature and then moves towards a connection to some human situation. He uses rural landscapes, homely farmers and the natural world to illustrate this human psychological struggle with everyday situations that we seem to experience. Frost uses blank verse in "The Wood-Pile" by using an iambic pentameter.