Robert Frost

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Katelynn Black

Robert Frost's themes repeat themselves in many of his works. He frequently attributes mans relationship with the universe and alienation, nature, and death. Frost tended to use more than one of these themes in a single poem. Robert Frost's outlook on life and his own personal experiences greatly influenced his writings. This shows the dark shadow that he lived in after many family tragedies, the death of his father, wife, and first child, followed by the suicide of his son and the mental illnesses of his daughter and his sister, which they were later institutionalized for. Robert Frost's themes influenced many writers by his use of theme and emotion in his work. Frost's themes have changed the ways by influencing authors to write about their feelings, dreams, and what they see in a whole new way; even today many authors looks to Robert Frost's works for inspiration.

Another theme of Frost's is nature. He describes the surroundings with vivid details, allowing the readers to imagine the scenes placed before them. In one of his most famous poems, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening", Frost greatly describes the experience so that the sensation presented is perceived accurately. A writer quotes, "This poem illustrates many of the qualities most characteristic to Frost; including the attention to natural detail, the relationship between human and nature, and the strong theme suggested by individual lines"(Napierkowski 1). Frost says, "My little horse must think it's queer to stop without a farmhouse near between the woods and frozen lake the darkest evening of the year"(Frost 7). This line infers that it's a cold night, but he still has time to stop in a secluded field to appreciate the beauty of the natural scene. In this poem he also says, "…The only other sound's the sweep of easy wind and downy flake the woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep.."(Frost 11). Here Frost is commenting on how peaceful it is in the...
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