Dr. Joann Ashford
23 Oct. 2012
Possibility of Metaphor
There have been many accusations in today’s society in which gender is more superior in relationships, men or women. No one describes the truth of this question better then Robert Frost in the poem’s “Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be The Same” published in 1946, “Meeting And Passing” published in 1930 and “Bereft” published in 1929. These poems bring out strong metaphors of the connections between men and women. Metaphors are defined as a figure of speech that uses an implied comparison between two distinctly different things; one term is defined in relationship to another term. Robert Frost shows man’s progressive downfall through women just using his metaphors alone.
In the poem “Meeting and Passing” Robert Frost explains the power women have over men when they don’t even have a realistic relationship. Men expect women to tell them or give them a certain sign if they are interested in the man or not or if the man should approach a women. Frost Stating “Your Parasol pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.” (Frost 393-394) Gives you an image of a woman politely showing a man with body language that she isn’t interested in what could be between them. The women never showing interest shot a man’s hopes of a future with her completely down the drain. This supports “all the time we talked you seemed to see something down there to smile at in the dust.”(Frost 394) An example also of a women’s metaphor of the earth or dirt, showing the women is like the earth it’s the root of control of what is around them. The women kept her head low to the earth showing her disinterest in the man passing by her. This metaphor and quote is showing the control women have on a man even power they don’t realize they have. The man watched the woman carefully looking for a sign of permission to approach her. Women have an uncontrollable power to get inside a man’s head without even realizing...
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