Robert Frost Research Paper

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Everyone has morals in life. Weather learned from nature, family, or past experiences. Robert Frost is well known for using different themes to teach morals in his poems. He uses imagery, emotions, different views, symbolism, and ever nature, to help create an image in one’s mind. The morals that these different types of themes create will make the reader face decisions and consequences as if they were in the poem themselves. His morals can be found in the poems, “The Road Not Taken,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Out, Out,” and “Acquainted with the Night.” Robert Frost’s poetry uses different themes to create morals which readers will use in daily life. “He is fairly taciturn about what happens to us after death, partly because he finds so much to engage his attention here and now” (Jennings 173). “I have said that Mr. Frost’s work is almost photographic. The pictures, the characters, are reproduced directly from life; they are burnt into his mind as though it were a sensitive plate.” (Lowell 222). Imagery builds a picture in one’s mind to help depict what moral Robert Frost is trying to produce. In the “The Road Not Taken” imagery is used, for example, in the line, “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood.” By Frost saying in a yellow wood, he is using imagery to infer that it is autumn and the leaves are falling. Then in the stanza, “And be one traveler, long I stood/ and looked down one as far as I could/ to where it bent in the undergrowth.” Frost creates a picture of a person looking down two different paths, deciding which path would be the better choice. The Moral in the poem “The Road Not Taken” is being independent and taking a different path than what others may have chosen imagery is also used in the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” It is shown by the stanza, “Nature’s first green is gold/ her hardest hue to hold. / her early leaf’s a flower; / but only so an hour.” This gives a strong image of the green leaves of spring and beautiful flowers blooming finally coming after a long winter. The moral in “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is, to always be grateful for the precious little things, because it won’t be there forever. The imagery in “Out, Out” shows a boy cutting wood with a saw, and then using metaphors, the saw comes to life in a way, and it “leaped out at the boys hand” and cut his hand off. The moral to “Out, Out” is to not care what your missing. In the poem, the boy died because he didn’t want to lose his hand. Thanks to imagery in Frost’s poems, morals can be clear to the reader. Finally, imagery is very strong in the poem “Acquainted with the Night.” The imagery in this poem is based on night. Example, “I have walked out in rain - and back in rain./ I have out walked the furthest city light./ I have looked down the saddest city lane.” In this poem the narrator seems very alone. But that doesn’t stop him. The moral to this poem that even if one feels completely alone, you never truly are. “Because Frost’s poems operate on so many levels, it is possible for almost everyone to find his or her own beliefs about life reflected in his poetry (Beachan 367). Robert Frost uses imagery to help the reader put themselves into the poem, and imagine that they have been faced with the same predicaments. “Fundamentally, it is fear of experience that produces the typical Frostian shrug of the shoulders, the wisecrack, the undercutting change of tone that comes at the end of so many of Frost’s poems” (Waggoner 174). Emotions are a big part in morals. Without emotions, how would one know if something is wrong or right? Emotions are found in many of Frost’s poems, because they make the poem come alive. The reader will feel more in touch with it when they feel what the character feels. In “The Road Not Taken,” emotions are shown at the very end. “I shall be telling this with a sigh/ somewhere ages and ages hence:/ two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- / I took the one less traveled by,/ and that has made all of the difference.” The...
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