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Robert Frost - A Poet Of Sadness?

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‘In Frost’s poetry, seemingly ordinary subjects often yield complex and interesting interpretations.’ Error! Bookmark not defined.

To what extent do you agree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of Robert Frost on your course. Error! Bookmark not defined.

Robert Frost, A Poet of Sadness?

Write an introduction to the poetry of Robert Frost using the above title. Your answer should address themes and the impact of his poetry on you as a reader. Support your points with reference to the poems you have studied.

The poetry of Robert Frost is often tinged with sadness; he is a poet with a deep appreciation for the natural scene, yet duly aware of the harsh realities of life. The line I have looked down the saddest city lane, from ‘Acquainted with the Night’, highlights Frost’s isolation and his sense of alienation – sentiments that are expressed throughout his poetry.

Frost’s poetry arises from his exploration of ordinary events and places, but it is steeped in meaning and pathos. While on the surface, poems like “The Tuft and Flowers” and “Mending Wall” can be read on a literal level, on closer examination, we realise that the poetry of Robert Frost is highly metaphorical, as well as thought-provoking and philosophical.

Frost’s poetry has such an effect on me because he has an amazing ability to elicit a wide variety of emotions, ranging from shock to sadness. His use of accessible lan...

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