Robert Frost Essay

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“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks,” -Plutarch. Since the first literally named poem in approximately 1682, poetry has become a large and common form of art. Modern amenities, like every piece of music with lyrics are a form of poetry, and some advertisements employ poetry as a jingle. From known celebrities ravaged by time like William Shakespeare, to fairly modern poets like Gary Soto or even Robert Frost, every poet is responsible for the overt quality of their poem, what it conveys, and what it sounds like; the tone (or tones), of a poem. The tone of a poem is a combination of the aforementioned, essentially the mood a poem’s contents create; mere words that ...view middle of the document...

“The darkest evening of the year,” from the fourth line of the second stanza, literally illustrates the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year, and thus the most susceptible to darkness and shadow), unveiling a “shadowed” tone. “Of easy wind and downy flake,” deriving from the third stanza, describes a slow and gentle snowfall; queuing relaxation and peace because of what the words illustrate, and leaking a peaceful tone. Along with alliteration, assonance is a form of repetition; specifically, the repetition of vowel sounds to create rhyming within sentences. In the third line of the first stanza, the words “he”, “see”, and “me” form a repetition via the letter “e”. Letters wouldn’t seem that significant, but the letter “e” bears a repetition in the last lines of the poem itself, within the words “deep”, “keep”, and “sleep”. The occurrences of assonance emphasize the meaning, but the lines themselves can be interpreted as the need to be alone (for reasons yet unknown), or otherwise a lonely tone. Rhyme schemes are occasionally difficult to decipher, but Frost cuts the reader some slack by utilizing a rather simple, yet repetitive scheme of rhymes. Organized and simplistic, the rhyme scheme of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is ABAABBCBCCDCDDDD, which is persistent in a whole. Persistence is expectedly what the rhyme scheme reveals about the poem, as it is consistent and coincides with an interpretation of persistence from the line: “and miles to go before I sleep”.
“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try,” -Yoda. Even the wisest of fictional green aliens realizes the importance of persistence, but perhaps not of persistence in a literary piece. Changes in a piece of literary work, otherwise named “shifts”, are any true change in a poem. Shifts can be as simplistic as punctuation, though Frost enforces mere punctuation and stanza divisions to gracefully disclose an amount of tones enclosed within his poem. Periods, commas, and semicolons, the whole group of such figures is classified as punctuation; stopping sentences, pausing sentences, all of which are very simple purposes, but significant. In the second line of stanza one, Frost utilizes a semicolon that adds a pause to queue a tone of contemplation: “his house is in the village though;”. This semicolon is successful, as it abruptly pauses a running piece of colloquial language, (thus exhibiting a tone of contemplation; pausing to think for a moment), but is the only notable occurrence of shifts via punctuation. A stanza division is as the term says: the division of two stanzas. Because of the circumstances they are used in, the stanza divisions unveil a tone of weariness; particularly between stanzas three and four. The last line of stanza three, “of easy wind and downy flake,” describes a last glance at the anonymous forest, and the last line of stanza four, “the woods are lovely, dark, deep,” summarizes the first three stanzas within one line. The tone of weariness is...

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