Rober Frost: A Girl’s Garden Essay

1187 words - 5 pages

Robert Frost writes poems that stimulate a persons mind to see an array of beautiful imagery and cheerful scenes. However, Frost is not always so pleasant. Not only does Frost provide a sense of beauty and happiness in his poems, but there is also a sense of darkness, trouble and anguish. In Frost's poem "A Girl's Garden" we see how he incorporates beauty with anxiety and doubt through his style, word order, and New England setting.Robert Frost has a distinctive style when he writes poetry. He uses words in an order that deliver to the reader a cornucopia of images and thoughts. Following a meter and rhyme style, Frost makes sure those images are a permanent fixture in a persons head. He uses familiar things such as the New England setting, scenery, seasons and weather that everyone can relate to and then gives them his own twist. His expression when writing about these things makes his poems the masterpieces that they have become. Frost is consistent with his style as is seen in the poem "A Girls Garden". Throughout this poem the New England influence can be seen and his style takes over the readers mind. Frost's style in "A Girl's Garden", however, does depict a sense of darkness and trouble which adds even more interest to the reader."A Girl's Garden" starts off pleasantly by telling of a girl in the village who did a childlike thing by asking her father for a piece of land so she could keep a garden. In the line, "To plant and tend and reap herself" (Frost 784), it is clear that the girl wants to take care of this garden all by herself and make sure she benefits from all of its rewards. The spring day, and the garden provide a beautiful image for the reader. In addition, the girl wanting to tend her own garden adds a sense of excitement for the fact that girls do not usually plant gardens and ecstatic to grow one. The father is extremely supportive of the girl having her own garden and sets out to find a piece of land for her. This father and daughter interaction provides even more amiability to the poem.In the line, "He thought of an idle bit" (Frost 784), Frost begins to create a sense of anxiety. The word "idle" in this line means useless, which indicates that the father is thinking of finding his daughter a piece of land that if messed up, it will not matter (Lauren/garden.htm). However, useless can also mean that the land has bad soil and cannot support a garden. This sense of anxiety comes from the uncertainty that the useless land the father has found will not be sufficient enough for the girl to build a successful garden. The girl is taking a risk by attempting to build this garden and with risk comes the feeling of doubt and the thought of failure. It's clear that the mood in this poem has shifted from being beautiful to being unclear and doubtful.The anguish about this garden continues, as the girl finds out she has to complete the garden by hand. However, "But she don't mind now" (Frost 785) indicates that the girl is satisfied...

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