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The Poetry of Robert Frost

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The Poetry of Robert Frost Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. His family moved to Massachusetts in 1885 after his father died. It wasn't until he moved to England in 1912 that his writing career took off. By 1942 he had won four Pulitzer Prizes for his works. By the time he died in 1963 he had produced enough work to be considered one of America's premier twentieth century poets. "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are two of Frost's most famous poems. Both are simple and concern the speaker and a natural setting. Symbolism is prominent in both the poems and hides the underlying meanings. Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is written in a free verse style and at first is overly simple. The obvious meaning is the choices we face in life. The speaker describes a walk in the woods when he comes across a fork in the path. ...read more.

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In the second poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Frost uses a smooth rhythm and rhyme with few advanced techniques to keep the poem very simple but effective. Again on the surface this poem is simple and a deeper meaning is unclear. The main point seems to be that humans do not spend enough time enjoying the beauty of nature. Frost permeates his works with the theme of death. In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" the speaker seems to be wishing death upon himself. He wants to rest but he has commitments that mean he is unable to give up on life. The narrator says "Between the woods and the frozen lake" (ll. 7) which shows the woods and lake as a metaphor death. Frost brings in death again as he links it with sleep in the last line "And miles to go before I sleep" (ll. ...read more.

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The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. 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 travelled by, And that has made all the difference. Stephen ca mcdowell Page 1 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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