Robert Frost was a well-known American poet born March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He began writing poetry at the age of 11 years old. His first poem was published during high school and his first book of poetry wasn’t released until he moved with his wife and children to England in 1912. Robert Frost became known as “America’s Poet” because of his significance in American culture.
The 1920’s when many of Frost’s poems were written, marked an era noted as “The Roaring Tweenties.” As the WWI was ending, this was a time of fundamental change, marked by events such as the stock market crash, women’s voting rights, and other major world events which impacted the nation. The things going on in the world during this period had both a direct and indirect effect on those living during that era. World factors in addition to personal factors inspired Frost’s writing and contributed to his seclusion.
Frost was mentally stimulated by his environment in which many of his poems were influenced by and kept him isolated from the modern world. Frost has also admitted that his wife was the influence behind many if not all of his poems. The relevance of Frost’s poems flourished throughout the 20th century and the ideas behind his poems remain practicable to date. Frost’s unique style of writing reveals actual insight to the meaning behind his poems. Just as nature and isolation play a key role in Frost’s life, they are also key themes in many of his poems.
A clear understanding of one’s surroundings and an open mind to the possibilities influenced by those surroundings are important contributing factors to the kinds of social and historical understanding an audience would need to have to interpret the works of Robert Frost. Depending on one’s experiences in life, which is often time based on the environment and era in which they grew up in, you are able to see the difference is their views and what they value. In any case, society greatly influences these views and one’s acceptance of what is valuable to them. All of Frost’s poems illuminate the past in that they reveal what is as well as reflects what is to be based on the current circumstances.
In Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice”, he talks about the world ending and being destroyed by fire or ice. In this work, Frost references ‘fire’ to ‘desire’ and ‘ice’ to ‘hate’. Based on his experiences in life, it does not appear that he has a preference with how the world will end since he has experience both in life. As stated “from what I have tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire” (Frost, 2011, lines 3-4), Frost is noting that since he equates fire to desire there is nothing to fear since desire is an irresistible want or...