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Journeys Essay

  • Submitted by: kcfoote
  • on April 29, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,565 words

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JourneysA comparative analysis of poems written by Robert Frost is more of an attempt to explain the enigma around them. Robert Frost doesn’t merely write poems for no reason, for there is a purpose. The purpose of the three poems, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Acquainted With the Night” and the “Road Not Taken” embody a connection involving a unique journey that each of the narrators are on.   According to Frost, a poem is one which emotion and thought find themselves in words. Frost accomplishes this by writing his poems in simple words that help to create a conversational feel in the poems. He manages to use the different literal devices such as rhyme, symbolism, imagery and repetition in these three poems. The major theme that emerges from the three poems is the journey the narrator travels. The settings of these three poems may be different but the symbolism is the same.In “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” the poem opens with a picture of a forested area. The speaker tells of how he thinks he knows whom the woods belong to. He stops to watch snow fill the woods on the darkest night of the year (3-8). The horse of the speaker looks confused and wonders why they have suddenly stopped. There is no farmhouse nearby and the only sounds that can be heard are the shaking of the harness bells by the horse, and the sound of wind blowing the snow. This implies that the narrator is on a journey and only stops for a while before he continues with his trip. The speaker says that the woods are dark, lovely and deep (13). He insists he has to get going because he has somewhere he needs to be; it will be a long time before he can sleep. In the first stanza, the poem introduces the woods and as it goes on to the second stanza, a bigger picture is created of what is going on. It is wintertime as the snow and the frozen lake illustrates (7). Use of language and imagery brings out an image of nighttime and the coldness of winter. The narrator stops to look...

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