Before drawing conclusions though, it is wise to explore all avenues of possible meaning with regard to Robert Frost’s use of the word “something”. An important aspect to realize is that Frost raised concerns over readers’ far-fetched assumptions in their understanding of his poetry. According to Frost, "The objective idea [was all he] ever cared about. Most of [his] ideas [occurred] in verse.... To be too subjective with what an artist has managed to mak...
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...hing” is possibly just a careful play with diction - a medium for infusing the complexity and abstruseness into his poetry that is required to provoke such contemplation and search for meaning.
As concluded from analyzing three of Frost’s works for diction, it is difficult to stamp on the precise meaning and reason for the use of “something” in his poetry. Frost was highly unlikely to have used the word something in a mindful and deliberate fashion. However, the word does have a distinct purpose, and is possibly representative of a particular ambivalent emotion or experience to Frost. What is most concrete, though, is the fact that “something” infuses an element of uncertainty to Frost’s poetry, which is integral to the mood he wishes to convey, and an inevitable actuality in his outlook of human life.
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