Essay about Nature in Robert Frost's Poems
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Under the stars of the sky, fifteen-year old Robert Frost explored the heavens through a telescope. He was seeking affirmation of the proverbial question that has plagued mankind for centuries—the proof and existence of God. While surveying the cosmos, Frost‘s interest was stirred, so he visited a library and obtained books that had illustrated star charts. Within these pages, his knowledge of the stars was edified and a poet was born. Frost‘s first poems were
―astronomical‖ and invoked a kinship of ―cosmology and theology‖ (Haas 255). As time unfolded, he realized that the cosmos was devoid of providing evidence of God. Similarly, in a short time span, Frost‘s faith in God became shattered because family members died of…show more content…
in Davenport 27). In the framework of poetic expression, he embraced three sentiments that a poem must speak to: the eye, the ear, and the heart (Frost qtd. in Newdick 298). At the apex of his assertions, Frost affirms that a poem ―runs a course of lucky events, and it ends in a clarification of life‖ (Frost qtd. in Davenport 27). On the other hand, critics thought his style of poetry ―was too much like talk‖ (Newdick 290). Frost regarded their admonition as praise; it was what he wanted to accomplish with his poetic style. In a moment of clarity, Frost finally realized why the rural life in New Hampshire had beckoned him every summer (Newdick 290). On the farm, he could satiate all his senses with real life experiences. As Frost experienced life on the farm, his sound of sense developed in his poems.
According to the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, the sound of sense is the ―performance intermedium‖ in which verbal and sound art are not just mixed . . . but are actually fused.‖ In the poem ―Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening,‖ the horse ―gives his harness bells a shake‖ (9) and the sound of the bells shaking becomes the primary means of the horse expressing ―some mistake‖ (10). Poets desire to make each word essential so that the words ―partake of the nature of things‖ (―Onomatopoeia‖
Essay about The Psychology of Robert Frost’s Nature Poetry
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The Psychology of Robert Frost’s Nature Poetry
Robert Frost’s nature poetry occupies a significant place in the poetic arts; however, it is likely Frost’s use of nature is the most misunderstood aspect of his poetry. While nature is always present in Frost’s writing, it is primarily used in a “pastoral sense” (Lynen 1). This makes sense as Frost did consider himself to be a shepherd.
Frost uses nature as an image that he wants us to see or a metaphor that he wants us to relate to on a psychological level. To say that Frost is a nature poet is inaccurate.
His poetry is in the main psychologically oriented with emphasis on specific recurring themes, which include, but are not limited to, loneliness, retreat, spirituality, darkness,…show more content…
The contrast between the humans and nature enables Frost to deal with and illustrate significant issues affecting humans.
A very interesting point regarding Frost’s relationship with nature is that he views it with ambiguity. Most assume that Frost is a nature lover; however, while this is true in part, Frost also views nature as having the capability of being destructive. Lynen speaks of this duality by saying, “You cannot have one without the other: love of natural beauty and horror at the remoteness and indifference of the physical world are not opposites but different aspects of the same view” (7). On speaking of Frost’s dualistic view of nature, Phillip L. Gerber states, “For nature is hard as she is soft, she can destroy and thwart, disappoint, frustrate, and batter” (132). Robert Frost views nature as an ‘alien force capable of destroying man’, but on the flip side, he also views “man’s struggle with nature as a heroic battle” (quoted in Thompson).
In his poem “Our Hold on the Planet” Frost illustrates this point by saying,
There is much in nature against us. But we forget:
Take nature altogether since time began Including human nature, in peace and war, And it must be a little more in favor of man, Say a fraction of one percent at the very least,
Or our number living wouldn’t be steadily more, Our hold on the planet wouldn’t have so increased. (Frost 317).