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A* Oh yeah! Robert Frost said that a poem should "begin in delight and end in wisdom" Do you think that is true of the poems of Frost and the other nature poets you have studied? Frost's statement in the title is certainly true in some of his later poems and most nature poems, but in some cases, the wisdom comes first and delight is found at the end or, there is no delight only wisdom or, just delight or just wisdom. Not all poems abide by Frost's rule! 'The Pasture', being one of Frost's earlier poems, possibly was written before he made the statement in the title, as I am unable to find any wisdom hidden amid the lines, only a great deal of delight. The poem is written using iambic metre, with a clear rhythm. In the eight lines he uses, he creates clear delightful images for the reader. The poem gravitates around the theme of a country farmer's duties, except reading between the lines; this farmer enjoys carrying out these duties. He says that he will 'only stop to rake the leaves away' which gives the impression of him really wanting to 'stop' for longer and perhaps do some other jobs. ...read more.


His first use of delight vocabulary comes when he uses another metaphor to describe 'her first leaf' as a 'flower'. The first three lines boast happiness and delight; he then changes the theme, moving on to wisdom. He speaks of leaves 'subsiding', thus portraying negativity; he continues the negative vibe, with 'Eden sank to grief'. Eden was a beautiful garden, given to Adam and Eve by God. I believe Frost mentions the Garden of Eden here because, he believes that when they ate the dreaded apple, that garden too 'sank to grief', and this is what is happening in nature and life in general. "Dawn goes down today" again gives a negative feel; it links back to "when Eden 'sank' to grief" and "leaf 'subsides' to leaf", all are creating a sense of going down and negativity. He draws the poem to a close with the title, 'nothing gold can stay'. His philosophy being, that all good things come to an end, which is not necessarily true in some people's eyes, but it is in mine. 'Unharvested' is a slightly longer poem of Frost's, agreeing with his statement in the title, comprising three stanzas, all of different lengths also, I think, using the iambic metre. ...read more.


In his concluding verse, he uses plenty of delight vocabulary, to describe the 'plucky little sport' with it 'giving life to song and chirruping gay feathers, fluff-shadowed warmth and all the unspeakable charms of birds'. I believe he is portraying the fact that the bird gives all this back to the earth and this is his way of earning 'his living', subsequently the bird must be 'lovely'. I agree that there is wisdom in this poem, in fact that it surrounds the poem, with the delight vocabulary in amongst it. I consider the wisdom of this poem to be that we should all earn our life. Frost has demonstrated how the bird earns his, but it has raised the question what do we do to earn ours. This is an interesting angle to look at life from and must not be over looked; we should all give something back to the Earth, and earn our living space. After studying all these poems, I am now far more aware of plenty of points of view, thoughts and feelings. Each poem showed a different aspect on life, even though the message in some was similar. In conclusion, I deem the poets I have come across, highly calculated, intelligent individuals, wishing to share their ideas on the world with others. Their use of poetry as their line of communication to express themselves, is incredibly good! 1 ...read more.

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