“New Hampshire” By Robert Frost Essay

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Robert Frost’s “New Hampshire” is not only is one of his longest poems but it also shows many different ideas that Frost may have had during his time in New Hampshire. The ideas presented in this poem range from poem styles to differences between states, advantages of being in New Hampshire, and even glimpses into the life of Robert Frost.
The differences between the states Frost describes is obvious in this poem. Frost “[switches] back and forth between people the speaker has met and the conclusions he has drawn about them,” (Fagan) and each of people are described as being from a different state, representing that state. Frost first describes meeting “a lady from the South who said/…/‘None of my family ever worked, or had/A thing to sell,’” (Frost). Frost later goes on to describe how he feels about her lifestyle. Feeling that “[people] may work…” if they have the means or the will, he says “…having anything to sell is what/Is the disgrace in man or state or nation?” (Frost). He then meets “a traveler from Arkansas/Who boasted of his state as beautiful/For diamonds and apples,” Frost’s remark, “‘I see the porter's made your bed,’” shows that he believes that Arkansas must be galvanized state and that this traveler must be wealthy, part of the upper class of Arkansas. Next, Frost meets “a Californian who would/Talk California—a state so blessed,/He said, in climate, none bad ever died there/A natural death, and Vigilance Committees /Had had to organize to stock the graveyards/And vindicate the state's humanity,” by this, the Californian means that normally all bad people were executed and buried to protect the state’s humanity. Frost murmurs “‘Just the way Stefansson runs on,’…” referring to how Stefansson was forced to have a diet without carbohydrates. Frost goes on to say, ‘About the British Arctic. That's what comes/Of being in the market with a climate,’” meaning that eventually the stagnation of life—without cycles to change crop harvests, seasons, and migration of animals—people become irritated with the place and the British Arctic is referring to just that; the British Arctic Territories were areas of land in North America that were under British rule and that were given to Canada. Last of all, Frost meets “a poet from another state,/A zealot full of fluid inspiration, /Who in the name of fluid inspiration,/But in the best style of bad salesmanship,/Angrily tried to mail me to write a protest/(In verse I think) against the Volstead Act;” the Volstead Act was the act that started Prohibition in the United States. Frost debases the poet by describing him as being full of “fluid inspiration” and then clearly stating “fluid inspiration” as being alcohol. Frost’s next line shows a clearer image of this poet when Frost describes the poet’s actions as being done angrily, giving the reader the since that the poet is an angry, passionate drunk. Frost’s goes on to complain that “He didn't even offer me a drink/ Until I asked for...

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