My November Guest And Birches- Robert Frost

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Robert Lee Frost can be described as the most celebrated poet of the last one hundred years in America. Born in 1874, Frost went from an ordinary poet whose work was first published in a newspaper to the most renowned poet in American history. Nary has a child gone by the second or third grade without reading “The Road Not Taken” or another of his poetry. Almost every person raised in America has perceived his works as remarkable and stirring. Many of his poems have very dark and daunting themes at face value, but may have a deeper meaning when pondered upon. I have looked into two of these poems and appreciated the bizarre ambiguity that comes with his poetry. The first poem I read was of twenty lines and named “My November Guest” by Robert Frost. In the first line of the poem, Frost personifies a feeling by saying “My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,” (1) He further describes, in the same first stanza, how certain things, such as “dark days of autumn rain” (2) and “the bare, the withered tree” (4), seem pleasing when the feeling of sorrow is present. The second stanza is devoted to how the narrator of the poem feels uncomfortable in a state of grief. In the next stanza, the personified sorrow finds beauty in “The desolate, deserted trees,/The faded earth, the heavy sky,” (11-13) while the narrator does not.. In the final stanza, the narrator shows that he’s experienced these times of or “with” sorrow before. The first stanza explains how sorrow goes with you wherever you may go and how sorrow may think the bleak days of November are pleasing. We are given examples of how gloomy things seem nice when we are sad. A famous saying to accompany this explanation would be that “misery loves company.” In the second stanza, Frost expresses how sorrow controls us;

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