In many of Frost’s poems about nature, he recognizes the beauty of nature, but is also confused and sometimes saddened by its continuous change. Nature is all around us and we, as a society, are bound by its unpredictable changes. Robert Frost finds the beauty of nature, yet is aware of its uncertainty. The majority of Frost’s poems can be connected to the outdoors and a feeling of free that Frost seems to cherish. When Robert Frost’s poems are analyzed in depth, it becomes apparent that his view on nature are quite complex and much more of what is usually seen.
Well, I don 't think so” (Frost Interview). This shows Frost 's opinion about him being considered a nature poet. Most people consider Frost as a nature poet, but looking deeper into his work then just reading it, one can argue that he is not. When looking at Frost 's work we see that although a lot of it involves nature in it, it also involves a person, a person that is admiring, working, or using nature. When analyzing his writing, Frost uses nature to show deeper in depth lesson... ... middle of paper ... ...ert Frost 's poems, I now see his poems in a different perspective.
Symbolism is present in every line of the nature’s poet’s poems. The everyday objects present in his poems provide the reader an alternative perspective of the world. Robert Frost uses all the elements of poetry to describe the darker side of nature. After analyzing the Poem Mending Wall and After Apple Picking it is clear that nature plays a dark and destructive role for Robert Frost. This dark side of Frost’s poetry could have been inspired from the hard life he lived.
Frost uses symbolism of nature and incorporates that symbolism into everyday life situations. The speaker in the poems vary, in the poem “The Pasture”, Frost seems to be directly involved in the poem, where as in the poem “While in the Rose Pogonias”, he is a detached observer, viewing and talking about the world’s beauty. Subsequently, the author transfers that beauty over to the beauty of experiences that are achieved through everyday life. Robert Frost’s intricate meanings are stated in such a way that the reader must dwell so much deeper into the poem than one does when one just reads the poem. The poet has a major theme in all of his poems and that theme is nature.
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.
Although no two poem can entirely capture his writing style, these two are as representative as possible, they’re alike in that they both use elements of nature and spirituality, but dissimilar because they create different experiences. Nature is a theme prevalent in many varieties of poetry. Many Romantic poets, including Coleridge and Keats used nature, but in a drastically different fashion than Wordsworth. When Coleridge and Keats used nature in their poetry, it was often portrayed as this destructive horrible force that should be avoided. They would both often juxtapose a harsh natural environment such as a stormy winter as in Keats’ “The Eve of St. Agnes” with a warm, safe, and inviting interior.
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.
Both Wordsworth and Coleridge focus's on this strongly in there poems. They examine nature and how it effects mans imagination and mind. For this they were highly criticised. They looked inside mans imagination rather than intellect. This was a concept others could not understand.
These two works are also similar in that they use a storyteller frame to both deliver and reinforce these ideas. In order for the reader to fully appreciate the representation of nature in these two particular poems, it is necessary to supply a little background on each poet. Wordsworth reigns supreme in the nature tradition. His poetry makes tribute to nature in conjunction with examining the human state, while maintaining that the relationship between the two is unbreakable. In his book English Poetry of the Romantic Period, critic J.R. Watson claims “the finest of Wordsworth’s nature poetry explores the relationship between [man and the world seen in the spirit of love], in the attempt to demonstrate the power of nature in the rescuing of the individual mind from degradation, materialism, selfishness, and despair” (114).
Frost's nature poetry is closely related to his pastorlism (Lynen), but unlike most pastoralists, Frost includes nature. Robert Frost saw nature as an alien force capable of destroying man, but he also saw man's struggle with nature as a heroic battle. The grasp that Frost had on the understanding of nature is written clearly within his poems. The rural scenes and landscapes, the farmers, and the natural world are only used to illustrate a struggle. It was a struggle with an everyday psychological experience that was met with courage, will, and purpose.