Ghost House - Compared To 4 Other Poems Essay

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Ghost House - Compared To 4 Other Poems


Five Great Pieces of Thought

I think Robert Frost is a understandable, but yet an unconventional poet. Frost wrote in
his own style, and as a result, he took quite a bit of heat from the critics of his
period. Frost has an elegant style of writing descriptive and understandable poems. I am
going to tell you about the five best pieces he has ever written.


First off, "A Considerable Speck" is a unusual poem about Frost noticing a tiny speck on
his paper. Upon further observation, Frost notices that the speck is actually a extremely
tiny mite, struggling to avoid being crushed by Frost's pen. Frost appreciates the
insect's battle to stay alive and leaves it on his paper. Frost allows the mite to sleep
on his paper because he values any intelligence, even one that is small as a bug's. This
poem is told directly from Robert Frost's mouth. It shows how much the poet appreciates
the little things in life. Regardless of size Frost understands that a life is a life, and
all lives are important. The imagery in this poem is very clear to me. I can picture an
old man trying to blow a piece of dirt off the paper. Then the piece of dirt starts
moving, as he sees what he believes to be a dot on the paper but really to be a mite. The
old man then starts to think about the value of life. The theme of the poem is that there
is no such thing as an insignificant speck. Everything and everyone has a purpose for
being here. This poem is filled with alliteration. Some examples I found are: cunning
crept, tenderer-than-thou, and breathing blown (Silberner 98). Mind is repeated three
times in the final stanza. Also there were two instances in which Frost used assonance
room for and living mite. The rhyme scheme of the first stanza of "A Considerable Speck"
is AABBCCDADEEFGFGHH, but there is no pattern throughout the poem (Silberner 99).


Next I would like to tell you about is "Ghost House". It is an remarkably descriptive poem
illustrating an aged, haunted house. The imagery in this poem is marvelous. This poem
allows the reader to see the house as if he were standing on the front porch. You can
picture an old decrepit house, covered with vines and wild raspberries. There is a dying
tree in the front yard, with only one vital branch on it. Beneath the tree there are two
gravestones so covered in moss that the names cannot be deciphered. Right next to the
gravestones is a ghostly couple, standing stalk still and completely silent. On the front
porch the current owner stands frozen, half by fear and half by curiosity. The poem is
told through the eyes of the current resident of the house. The owner somewhat scared of
his unwanted company. However, the owner's feeling toward the couple seems to turn towards
the end of the poem. It almost sounds as if he feels sorry for them, when he mentions how
they stand together quietly. The theme of "Ghost House" seems to be that love can survive
anything, even when the body does not. Although the couple has passed away, they still
remain together. Another theme in this poem could be not to judge a book by its cover. At
first the house's owner seems to fear the ghosts, but he eventually comes to respect the
relationship that they still share. This poem is filled to the verge with alliteration.
For example: small dim summer star, low-limbed tree, and mosses mar (Silberner 109).
Summer is said in the second line of the poem with being repeated in the second to last
stanza and also in the fourth stanza the word say is repeated three times within two lines
(Silberner 109). The rhyme scheme of "Ghost House" is AABBA CCDDC and that pattern
continues for every stanza (Silberner 110). The alliteration and the rhyme scheme of this
poem make it flow very smoothly.


"Fire and Ice" is a poem about how the world will end. Frost is debating with himself as
to whether or not the world will be destroyed by fire or ice. Frost seems as if he is
deeply entrenched in thought about whether the earth will become a flaming ball or a
gigantic ice cube. I see this poem being told directly by Robert Frost. It tells me that
Frost analyzed every idea that popped into his head. No wonder he graduated as
co-valedictorian of his class. The imagery of this poem is in the destruction of the
world. It takes a little imagination but I can picture the earth as a new sun. I can also
picture the earth totally covered by a massive sheet of ice. The theme of "Fire and Ice"
is that although nature can be gorgeous, it can also be quite destructive. Not only can it
devastate a person's house and all his possessions but also it can destroy the whole
world. Contrary to the previous two poems I can only find one alliteration in "Fire and
Ice" is to favor fire (Gioia and Kennedy 85). The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAABCBCB.
This poem is brief, but gets to the point (Silberner 78). This poem reminds me of the bud
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