Robert Frost

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Robert Frost



From the later 1800’s (1874) to the middle 1900’s (1963), Robert Frost gave the world a
window to view the world through poetry. From “A Boy’s Will” to “Mountain Interval,” he
has explored many different aspects of writing. Giving us poems that define hope and
happiness to poems of pure morbid characteristics; all of Robert Frost’s poems explain the
nature of living. But why does Frost take two totally different views in his poems? Is
it because of his basic temperament or could it be that his attitude towards life changed
in his later years?

Throughout the life of Robert Frost, many different kinds of struggles where manifested in
his life that hampered his every thought. Some say that Frost went from a “bright and
sunny day” to “a dreary night.” But even with all of the animosities that plagued his
life, Robert Frost evolved to become one of America’s greatest poets.

Frost’s poems were not respected in the United States at the time that he first began
writing. But after a brief stay in England, Frost emerged as one of the most
extraordinary writers in his time. Publishing A Boy’s Will and North Of Boston, Frost
began his quest.

In the book A Boy’s Will, Frost writes poems of hope and beauty. “Love and a Question,”
illustrates the optimistic view of a bridegroom trying to help a poor man. He thinks that
he should help him, but not knowing if he can. His heart shows compassion but his minds
shows logic. The conclusion of this poem shows not true ending, but leaves the reader in
a state of imagining what was to happen to the poor man.

So much of the true Frost can be seen in his poem, “The Vantage Point” (A Boy’s Will). In
these verses, Frost reveals his basic interests – mankind and nature. What’s more, he
clearly exposes his strategy of immersing himself in nature until he begins to need social
relations again; likewise, when he has his fill of mankind, he retreats back to the
comfort and solitude of nature. “And if by noon I have too much of these (men), I have
but to turn on my arm, and so, the sun-burned hillside sets my face aglow.” Frost wants
neither mankind nor nature to the exclusion of the other. Rather be prefers to spend time
with each, satisfied that he will know when he’s had his fill.

After his return to America, tragedy struck his family. With the loss of his infant son,
Frost found himself for the first time at a loss of words. Frost felt that his writing
was therapeutic, so his journey continued.

In this next book, North Of Boston, Frost for the first time shows evidence of his
maturing by writing a short narrative essay called “Home Burial.” Using his own life
experiences, Frost writes this story about a father and mother who have lost their child.
Using a descriptive and conversational writing style, Frost explores his every emotion.
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