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Discuss how modern poets you have studied use nature in their work and how far it successfully portrays their ideas and attitudes

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Discuss how modern poets you have studied use nature in their work and how far it successfully portrays their ideas and attitudes. The poems that one has chosen to discuss about are 'The Road not taken' by Robert Frost, 'Blackberrying' by Sylvia Path, 'Afternoons' By Philip Larkin and 'Churning Day' by Seamus Heaney. All of these poems use nature to describe their actions in life. The Road Not Taken is a poem about one man's journey in the woods. However, if this poem is looked at metaphorically, it is about what decisions we need to make in life. In this poem, Robert Frost discusses about what route he should take. 'Sorry I could not travel both'. The speaker could not experience this way, which shows disspaointment as he wanted to experience them both. He bases his choice on nature and 'took the one less travelled by'. He took the path that was quieter. This shows that he is an individual and doesn't intend on following others. He desires to make his own choices and figure out what path to take on his own. Robert Frost doesn't just talk about the path he takes, but the one he does not take. The title 'The Road Not Taken' signifies that Robert is more curious about the road he did not take and intends on talking about it. ...read more.

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In the third stanza, darkness has overcome itself. Words used like "Sudden" and "Slapping" is showing strength and anger. "These hills are too green and sweet to have tasted salt". This shows that there is not really a sea in its sense. Nature is used here as being angry, in significant to reality. The poem is effectively structured in three distinct paragraphs and the journey through the blackberry lane represents the author's life. There are many vibrant descriptions such as "Blue red juices" of the blackberries and "Green Meadows". Plath is making the readers feel as if they can see it clear and feel as if they are there. The contrast between the confinement and the open space of the sea also helps to highlight the contrast between the luscious bushes and the cold snapping sea. Each stanza builds up to create a stronger effect and change of mood. In Blackberrying, it is about the relationship with the poet and nature. The only time people are involved is when she sees the "White and pewter lights" which symbolize the boats in the water. The boats are seen as insignificant and only are spoken about when the poem becomes darker. In the Road Not Taken, the only time people are involved is the ones who travelled the same route as him. ...read more.

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The feelings of people in Heaney's house were 'full of clean deal churns', able to think of nothing else but churning day, as the young women's lives are filled with the dull responsibilities and routines. 'Afternoons' in the title gives us the impression how the mothers are in the middle of their cycle. Nature is used a lot in this poem being related to 'summer fading, leaves fall and coming to the end of the day'. He uses nature to describe the leaves falling in 'ones and two'. This can relate to the mothers coming to the park everday alone, or together. Larkin gives us the feeling that the young mothers are being ruled by their children 'who expect to be taken home' and pushed 'to the side of their own lives'. They are living for their children and do not have lives of their own. The children are the ones enjoying themselves playing in the 'swings and sandpits' while the mothers miserably watch. All four poems are about how each speaker uses nature in their poems. It shows us their views and how nature can relate to reality. Nature is described in many ways. From a jounery through a wood describing a life (The Road Not Taken), to how wonderful nature is (Blackberrying), to nature describing life routines (Afternoons) to an event being described by nature (Churning Day). They all concentrate on how man has interacted with nature. ...read more.

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