Frost and Nature
Robert Frost’s use of nature on its own of the most misinterpreted element of his poetry. Frost regularly stated, “I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems.” In the majority of Frost’s poems he uses nature imagery. His grasp and understanding of natural fact is well documented throughout his poems. But Frost is not trying to tell us how nature works. His poems are about the human mind. His attitude is impassive, honest and accepting. In Frost’s poems he uses nature as a background often his poems begin with an observation of something in nature and then he will moves towards a connection to a human situation or concern. Despite the fact he treasured natural beauty, Frost accepted the tough truths of the natural world. Frost uses nature as a metaphor. He will suggestively describe elements of the natural world, but does not force his opinions on the reader, giving an opportunity to make their own connections. Frost is not trying to tell nature stories or animal stories his poems always make perfect sense. Sometimes the reader may not be reminded of the things that the poet was thinking when he wrote the poem however Frost hopes the reader is close. Frost uses sensitivity and care while writing. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening observes just how hard life has become for man to stay in touch with nature. This poem is made up of comparative images of the natural and the man-made; the woods and the villages, the farmhouse and the lake, even the horse and the harness-bells. The speaker is heightened with the descriptions of nature, however is constantly reminded of human surroundings. The speaker in this poem is heightened with nature however has decided with regret that his return to nature cannot last as he has “promises to keep” and regardless of what these promises are they have to be fulfilled. In this poem humankind is represented not just by the object but by the concept of ownership. The...
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