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Robert Frost Essay

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"Poetry is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose. It may use condensed or compressed form to convey emotion or ideas to the reader's or listener's mind or ear; it may also use devices such as assonance and repetition to achieve musical or incantatory effects" (Wikipedia, 2005).Robert Frost is considered to be one of the most popular American poets of the twentieth century. Through his literary career he has been both celebrated and commended ...view middle of the document...

Frost has written about rural landscape and wildlife so much that people refer to him as a nature poet. (Lynen, 2005, p.5). Frost mainly uses nature as a background in his poems. He usually begins a poem with the observation of something in nature and then moves toward a connection to some human situation or concern. Frost said, "I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems." (Thompson, 2005, p.4).So why did Robert Frost write poetry? Of course there is no easy answer to this question. Through my research, I have found information on Robert Frost that tells me what lead him in the direction to start writing poetry. Frost started writing poetry when he was 15 and he continued to write poetry until he died at the age of 88. Frost learned from any early age the importance of education. Both of his parents were highly educated. His mother always read to him from the Bible, the classics, and tales of her Scottish homeland.Because Frost grew up in a home of education, he was a good student. He even read Shakespeare for the fun of it. "Frost liked language and the crafting of language," (Thompson, 2005, p.9). This helps to answer the question of why he decided to write poetry. "Poetry is the highest art of language. Frost loved wordplay and the challenge of creating a complex idea in the form of a poem. He used traditional English meters but introduced conversational language and tones of voice in poetry. Frost believed the advantage of poetry over other literary forms was its compression or compactness of structure," (Thompson, 2005, p.9).Frost is most memorable poems are Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and The Road Not Taken. Other famous works are Nothing God Can Stay, After Apple Picking, Birches, Fire and Ice, The Death of the Hired Man, Mending Wall and Home Burial. "A recent poll was taken by America's Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky. The Road...

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