It bids pretty fair Robert Frost

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The amazing poet, Robert Frost, once wrote a poem describing life, along with its worries, entitled “It Bids Pretty Fair”. His poem compares a play, its characters and the lighting to life, people, and the thoughts of those people. Through his use of metaphors, Frost is able to compare the two and create a certain balance between them. He implies the play is almost eternal, just as life is; he also explains how lighting can make or break the play, just as thinking can keep humanity moving forward or be the sole cause of their destruction. Frost indicates how life can be ruined by a simple malfunction or cease of light. Light, in the poem, however, does not symbolize sunlight, or even actual light for that matter, but rather thoughts, knowledge, and understanding. Although Frost’s poem is difficult to interpret and understand, once it is understood, the theme it conveys is obvious. Frost’s theme is that humanity is dependant on thoughts and knowledge, for, as long as we continue to think and grasp ideas, humanity will survive just fine. Frost compares a nearly never-ending play to like, for a play is a dramatic interpretation of real life and life, to humans at least, does seem nearly eternal. Frost mentions actors who fight, not characters who fight, but actors, implying that separate from the fictional drama actors re-enact onstage, they also dispute amongst themselves offstage. In the poem, the play represents life and the actors represent people. The disputes between actors is given little, if any, importance by Frost, for in life, humans also fight and have fought constantly since the beginning of time. Fighting has always been a part of life and has yet to consume or destroy life. The fighting between the actors had not caused for the play to end, nor will it lead to humanities end under Frost’s perception. With his first two lines, Frost establishes the play
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