History has proven the ability of humankind to progress, more specifically and in the interest of this essay, we as human beings are constantly developing and building upon our place(s) in the world. Our cities and towns seem to be ever expanding; buildings and industries grow bigger and taller at alarming rates.
In my own recent experiences I have seen this point illustrated. As a student living on the University of Iowa campus, I have the chance to encounter the various buildings and structures within Iowa City. Many of the familiar routes I take to my classes often become too familiar and I have found myself failing to quickly notice the changes around me. Such changes include the recent construction of two apartment complexes within a two-block range of my own apartment complex. For whatever reason, these buildings seemed to spring up from the ground in a sort of magic fashion: I took no head of the progress of these two buildings and did not even notice their very existence until I discovered them in an almost-complete form.
My own observance of progress as a sort of magical instant change- in which buildings, facilities, communities, etc suddenly seem to appear from nowhere- is obviously flawed. It is flawed in that buildings don’t pop up overnight and cities aren’t magically conjured from nowhere. Rather, along the processes in which humanity has built and created great civilizations a great foe has been encountered. This foe is often viewed as a hindrance to some ideals of progress: this foe is nature.
This very idea of a struggle between humanity and natural forces appears time and time again in the decades of poetry written by Robert Frost. Frost spent many years of his life as a resident of New England, and the settings and scenes from his body of work represent this. Robert Frost’s representation of New England is one of a struggle between these two... [continues]
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