The Telephone by Robert Frost - Analysis

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The Telephone’  - Analysis

        The writer, Robert Frost, utilized greatly the literary device of connotation in his poem ‘The Telephone’. Although the meaning behind the poem is not openly expressed, and hence enables the readers to make an interpretation in any way as they wish, a possible point of view would be that the poem acted as a conversation between two lovers, one of whom may probably be deceased and have left. Although the word ‘telephone’ is no where found within the poem, the actual word (and title) related back to its Greek definition, meaning ‘ a voice from afar’. Thus, the first line ‘When I was just as far as I could walk’ shows that the speaker is attempting to travel afar, yet is too infirm to do so.

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        Following, Frost personifies a flower as the telephone. The usual beauty and sweet scent associated with flowers follow here as a cherished object of the speaker, demonstrating his love or fondness of the person on the other end of the line. Also, in speaking about flowers and bees, they symbolize the speaker’s ethereal interaction with nature. This implies his longing to join nature itself, perhaps with his lover, who has left for, as said previously, death. Without waiting for the person’s response, the speaker says ‘Don’t say I didn’t’. Although on the first read it seems as if the ...

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