There have been many American poets throughout the centuries, but none compared to Robert Frost and Jane Kenyon. Jane Kenyon and Robert Frost can make the simplest thing such as picking a pear into something darker. Often Jane Kenyon and Robert Frost compose themes of nature, loneliness and death into their poetry. Both poets evoke feelings and stimulate the reader’s sensory reactions. Jane Kenyon’s Poem Let Evening Comes (1990) and Robert Frost’s Poem Desert Places (1936) may have been written in different eras, but both poets collaborate nature, spirituality and emotional solitariness in their poems.
Robert Frost’s poem Desert Places (1936) begins to stimulate the reader’s visual senses in the first stanza. The poem begins, “Snow falling and night falling fast/ground almost covered in smooth snow,” (Frost, 1936; pg. 741, lines 1&3). The first couple of lines provide the sense of a winter landscape that is in a relationship with a feeling of loneliness. The world is covered with a blanket which is hiding life. “All the animals are smothered in their lairs/I am too absent-spirited to count.” (Frost, 1936; pg. 741, line 6). The poet’s imagery of a field covered in snow reinforces the feeling of solitude and loneliness. The animals tucked away in their dens presents the reader with the emotion of desolation. A sense of vulnerability a raises as the white snow falls onto the empty field. In stanza three the speaker reflects the sensation of loneliness and how it grows as the night creeps in with the snow growing whiter.
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“Will be more lonely ere it will be less/A blanker whiteness of benighted snow…” (Frost, 1936; pg. 742, line 10&11). A “strong emotion of loneliness and could not h...
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...1990, pg. 656, line 17 & 18). Frost presents the reader with the feeling of lonely isolation and emptiness “on stars
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where no human race is.” (Frost, 1936. Pg. 741, line 14). Both poets use animals and their “dens” or “lairs as a spiritual metaphor. Frost uses the animal lair and the darkness as a loss of spiritual
being. Kenyon uses the animal dens to bring on the spiritual being and a feeling of emptiness, which is is brought on by darkness. Kenyon and Frost use may of the same concepts in these two poems. Kenyon develops her concept toward a more positive light. The evening brings a comfort to her and her soul is at rest. Frost developed his concept of darkness as loneliness and an uncomfortable feeling. Both poets describe the speaker ideas in an interesting way. They evoke feelings, memories and sensory reaction.
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