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“Deceptively simple poems about everyday rural life and activities” - look at two or three of the Frost poems you have studied and considered whether you think this statement about them is appropriate.

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"DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE POEMS ABOUT EVERYDAY RURAL LIFE AND ACTIVITIES". LOOK AT TWO OR THREE OF THE FROST POEMS YOU HAVE STUDIED AND CONSIDERED WHETHER YOU THINK THIS STATEMENT ABOUT THEM IS APPROPRIATE. In this essay I will look at two Robert Frost poems in detail. I will study them to see if they are "deceptively simple" or not and I will then decide to what extent I agree or disagree with the statement. Firstly, I will discuss "Mending Wall". There are many aspects of "Mending Wall" that make it seem like a relatively simple poem. One of these aspects is the poem's structure. The poem is written in one continuous verse. When first looking at the poem one might think that it has a continuous verse formation because it is the most simplistic verse structure that can be used. When looking closer at the reason for this form we find that it is deeply connected with the content of the poem. "Mending Wall" is about human barriers that cannot be broken. This is echoed in the structure, as it too is unbroken. ...read more.

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The second poem I am going to discuss is called "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Structure is very important to this poem. The poem has four verses with four lines in each verse. This reflects the order that controls the writer's life. For example, he wants to stop to watch the snow fall but he cannot as he has responsibilities that have to be taken care of. This verse structure seems quite straightforward, but, when analysed it is easy to see that it is more complicated than is first thought. The rhyme structure also seems simple when the poem is first read but, once again, when it is examined we find that all the verses are intertwined through rhyme. "Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. "My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year" The rhyme structure in this poem is rather complicated and is full of deeper meaning. ...read more.

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Robert Frost's poems are simple as he purposely wrote them that way. For example, Frost did not often use techniques like similes, as he did not want to overcrowd the point that the poem was trying to make. By not using many similes, when he did use one it was very powerful and added greatly to the poem. If he had used lots of similes they would have been far less powerful. He also used many methods that seemed simple when they were first read, but were actually complicated when re-read like the new word, "frozen-ground-swell". However, I disagree with the part of the statement that said, "poems about everyday rural life and activities". I disagree with this because although on the surface Frost's poems seem to be about, "everyday rural life and activities", underneath they are really about more complicated issues such as human barriers and wanting a break from responsibilities. This is another way that Frost's poems are deceptively simple. If taken at face value the poems seem to be about rural life, but if one reads between the lines, you can see that really they are much more complex. English Vicky Maberley LVI 13th November 2002 page 1 ...read more.

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