Robert Frost - Appeal To Young Readers

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The Appeal of Frost’s Poetry to Younger Readers 4

The Appeal of Frost’s Poetry to Younger Readers

As a young person, I feel suitably qualified to address this question. Frost's poetry contains much that would appeal to a young audience. His choice of subject matter is as relevant to us today as it was when he wrote of it originally. The way he expresses his ideas is fresh and different; it is original, and that is exactly what appeals about his poetry to a younger audience.

A Frost poem, like so many young people, is complex. What may appear simple on the surface turns out to have hidden depth, ‘The Tuft of Flowers’ and ‘Mending Wall’ being perfect examples of this.

‘The Tuft of Flowers’ is a nature poem celebrating the beauty of a field, flowers and a brook. It is very atmospheric, and the reader can’t help but feel exposed to the glowing, warming sunlight of the endless field it depicts. However, the poem has a much deeper meaning than its beautiful surface might suggest on first glance.

This poem isn’t just one that is capable of making the majority of our population, dwellers of towns or cities, engage with the beauty of nature in its purest form. The major themes examined in this poem are those of loneliness and isolation, themes that are all-too-familiar for younger, teenaged readers.

At the beginning the poet feels alone: And I must be, as he had been – alone,/ As all must be, I said within my heart,/ Whether they work together or apart.


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