Little Bits of Natural Order

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Little Bits of Natural Order
“The aim in Frost’s poetry is to develop a human act which has meaning in terms of the world man really lives in.” (Baym 722) Robert Lee Frost was an American poet that everyone admired and loved. Frost’s poetry is known for its conventional and plain language. He is a straightforward writer but he also uses figurative language, metaphors, symbols and effective poetic diction. Robert Frost enjoyed capturing natural settings in his poems using imagery of nature and symbolism to convey the deeper meaning within his poetry. Frost is held in high regards for his command of familiar speech through his recognizable poetic voice and his realistic depictions of rural life, which made him a nature poet.

Frost’s poetic voice comes through his descriptions and poetic arrangements: Poet Richard Wilbur notes “He’s a lyric poet for whom the experience of writing is or seems passive.” Poems flow out of Frost with ease to the point that he can sit in one evening and write a masterpiece poem that speaks the beautiful truth about surroundings, nature and man. Frost preferred traditional poetic forms with rhyme and possessed complete knowledge of these traditional forms. The poems came easily and naturally to Frost: “He doesn’t go to the poem. The Poem comes to him. What Frost calls the transition from delight to wisdom” (Wilbur). When first starting out as a poet, the poems do not come easily and seem to be forcefully written. When poets gains their poetic voice they naturally flow from everyday thoughts. Poetic voice can be thought of as the special techniques a poet uses in most of the poems written and is what makes a poet’s writing recognizable. Reading from one Frost poem to another, readers can simply tell they are Frost poems. This experience may . . . start with a happy perception; the thoughts then come and the images then come. There are discoveries and surprises and finally there is a statement and one has arrived at wisdom. (Wilbur) Frost takes everyday things and turns them into poetic accomplishment. Frost creates extraordinary thoughts out of ordinary things. Poet and scholar Seamus Heaney says: “It seemed to be here was a poet who touched things as they are somehow.” Frost’s poetry demonstrates that and he uses many of his own life experiences in his poetry as well as the simple things in life that some can overlook. Frost says: “We rise out of disorder into order and the poems I make are little bits of order” (Robert Frost). Frost used his poetry to get through the life challenges that came his way. Death had not been shy in the Frost family. He lost children and his wife early in life. The poems Frost wrote helped put order back into his life and helped him get through his life tragedies. Frost was very much a family man, noting that he was: “Stuck to only two things, poetry and family” (Luckingbill). Frost’s poetry revolves around people and how their natural settings affect them; secreting a deeper symbolic meaning. Frost commands the use of imagery of nature and symbolism to convey the deeper meaning of his poetry. The natural settings bring the poems to life and draw readers into more of an everyday style. His technique of writing and descriptiveness make his poetry intriguing. Some readers see at the world differently after reading Frost’s imaginative and natural poetry. Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a great example of imagining the scene he sets with descriptive words and a natural setting. Frost effectively uses imagery when he describes the woods setting to get the reader to imagine the woods. “To watch his woods fill up with snow,” gives the poem a heavy but peaceful feeling. By the fourth line, Frost has readers envisioning the natural setting. In line six: “Between the woods and frozen lake,” gives the reader a complete idea of the setting and feeling in the woods. Nature surrounds the narrator on his horse while he takes the time to stop...
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