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The Dark Side Of Robert Frost’s Nature

3039 words - 12 pages

Robert Frost is known for his poems about nature, he writes about trees, flowers, and animals. This is a common misconception, Robert Frost is more than someone who writes a happy poem about nature. The elements of nature he uses are symbolic of something more, something darker, and something that needs close attention to be discovered. Flowers might not always represent beauty in Robert Frost’s poetry. Symbolism is present in every line of the nature’s poet’s poems. The everyday objects present in his poems provide the reader an alternative perspective of the world. Robert Frost uses all the elements of poetry to describe the darker side of nature. After analyzing the Poem Mending Wall and After Apple Picking it is clear that nature plays a dark and destructive role for Robert Frost. This dark side of Frost’s poetry could have been inspired from the hard life he lived.
The vivid imagery, symbolism, metaphors make his poetry elusive, through these elements Frost is able to give nature its dark side. It is these elements that must be analyzed to discover the hidden dark meaning within Roberts Frost’s poems. Lines that seemed simple at first become more complex after the reader analyzes the poem using elements of poetry. For example, in the poem Mending Wall it appears that Robert frost is talking about two man arguing about a wall but at a closer look the reader realizes that the poem is about the things that separate man from man, which can be viewed as destructive. In After Apple Picking, the darkness of nature is present through the man wanting sleep, which is symbolic of death. It might seem that the poem is about apple picking and hard work but it is actually about the nature of death.
Poets use events in their lives as an inspiration for their poetry. Robert Frost was in tune with nature because of his surroundings and was very familiar with death. He was born in San Francisco, California and lived with his mother who was a school teacher, and father who was a journalist. At a very young age Frost had to overcome his father’s death, who died when he was eleven. Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College and held many different jobs. He published a number of poems and married Elinor White, who he had six children with. Later Frost attended Harvard but dropped out to work as a farmer and school teacher. His life became harder when his poetry was rejected by many and his new born son died. Later Frost encountered death again because he almost died from pneumonia and actually lost another child. The grief pushed Robert Frost to poetry more and more. He sold his farm and went to England to pursue poetry and published his first book. Nature was a popular theme in his poetry and “he addressed not only its loveliness but also the isolation, harshness, and pain its New England inhabitants had to endure” (notablebiographies).
Later on he returned to America as a famous poet and settled on a farm. In 1934 his daughter Marjorie died and 1938 his wife...

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