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What lessons in life does Robert Frost teach us and how does he do this?

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Essay - Robert Frost What lessons in life does Robert Frost teach us and how does he do this? The American poet Robert Frost teaches us about lessons he has learnt in his life through the use of his poems. In the poem, The Wood-pile Frost attempts to attack conformity and show how vital individuality is. Through the second poem, The Road not Taken, Frost conveys importance of taking choices seriously, and that if we don't we could end up regretting our decisions. The poem The Wood-pile, can relate to the western world, this world in recent times has become a conformists paradise. Everyone is the identical, the words unique and individual poses no real meaning in this New World and it is reaching the point where we are almost taken off shelves as if we were a massed produced product. This is highlighted in the beginning of the poem. "The view was all in lines, Straight up and down of all slim trees". The next line supports this theme of conformity "Too much alike to mark or name a place by,/ So as to say for certain I was here,/ Or somewhere else...". Here the persona is confused because he acknowledges that he is in a different place, yet because of the image appears totally in separable as everywhere he has been he cannot distinguish where he is or even orientate himself. ...read more.


The word use of "still growing" this implies that it is inevitable to stop nature from growing, and that it is taking over this lost civilisation. In this final stanza we learn that this is an extinct race portrayed by "...who.../Could so forget his handiwork on which/ He spent himself, the labour of his axe/ And leave it there far from a useful fireplace." The persona recognises that something as unique as this maple, should not be out in the middle of no where rotting, it should be in a museum for all to set their eyes on, in stead of in hiding. Presented by "To warm the frozen swamp as best it could/ With the slow smokeless burning of decay". This is how Frost stresses his theme of individuality. Imagery is important in the poem The Road not Taken. The first image Frost illustrates is of "two roads diverge", This image of two roads symbolises choice, whether to go right or left. When comparing this against real life decision it appears that it is an over simplification of the complex questions that confront us everyday. However, Frost has intentionally done this demonstrate in an easy and understandable manner for the reader. The second image is of "a yellow wood" this being a metaphor, Frost has again used nature as a metaphor for life, as he has done in many of his other poems. ...read more.


So be careful about the decisions we make to ensure that we have no regrets about them. The final stanza has a strong sense of time passed from the first stanza to this stanza. It begins with the persona feeling emotions of nostalgia, "I shall be telling this with a sigh". As if he had realised he chose the harder or incorrect road, but this regret will always eventuate, because human nature leads us to believe that the grass looks greener from the other side. We need to permit ourselves recognise that this isn't always correct and we should ignore these feelings otherwise in the future we will fall into a depressed state and begin, as the persona is, to question our life's choices. "Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverge in a wood, and I- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference". The repetition of "I" and the pause in between produce strong emotions of regret in the reader. Frost successfully attacks the growing conformity in our modern world and proves that individuality is a special quality to have through the poem The Wood-pile. The Road not Taken explains in a simple manner that we must be careful and assess all our options before making a decision and not to make them in haste otherwise we may later on in life be faced with emotions of nostalgia and regret. By Matthew Minsc ...read more.

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