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13 October 2011
A Literary Analysis of Robert Frost
Robert Frost has many themes in his poetry. One of the main themes that are always repeated is nature and he always discusses how beautiful nature is or how destructive it can be. Frost, a teacher, lecturer, writer, and four time Pulitzer Prize recipient, can be recognized in his writing by the same common factor; nature. While some may or may not be a fan of his work, we can agree that his poetry and style as stated in Norton Anthology, …”the clarity, colloquial rhythms, simplicity of images, and folksy speaker,… make his poems look natural and unplanned” (Baym).
One of Frosts most well known poems is “After Apple picking”, Frost uses many symbols to enhance the meaning of the poem. The tones contrast and create a theme of life's work and the desire for success and meaning. The apple in the poem could be symbolic of be said to be the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden was basically the beginning of everything earthly and heavenly, therefore repelling death. In order to understand the poem, we must realize that for something to be dead, it must have been alive before. This may not be the central theme of the poem but Frost's symbolic use of the apple makes this concept as important. This poem is about life but its focuses are what are in between, the missed life experiences and the regret that the speaker is left with. In an online article, the author states “This is setup by Frost to contrast with the post-shift tone and ultimately reveal the theme” (Newman). This type of contrast shows the readers how important it truly is to make the most of ones life.
We come to an understanding for the poems reflection when Frost writes, " I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight I got from looking through a pane of glass I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough and held against the world of hoary grass". This statement makes it seem as...