Robert Frost and Nature

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Jordan Genaw Chris Hilton English 102-23 15 April 2013 Nature and Robert Frost Robert Frost was famous for the way in which he was able to show the relationship between humans and nature. Since his poetry about nature did not always seem to show the positive things in life, he was often criticized for it. Frost did in fact use nature in various poems to express his outlook on humanity and even the human mind itself. Through his poetry, Frost tried to show the relationship humans hold with nature. He also shows that even though there is a connection between the two, humans do not receive sympathy or very much comfort with nature. While man hopes that nature can help us make decisions and succeed in life, nature has no mind or will of its own. People often refer to being “one” with nature, but really they are physically and socially alone. Frost would like us to recognize the connections we share with nature, but not to believe there are connections where there are none. He also wrote about people being alone in the wilderness in order to help them understand different problems or consequences facing the human mind. Three different Frost poems where relationships between humans and nature can be found are The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and An Old Man’s Winter Night. Although The Road Not Taken has both literal and symbolic meaning, the literal relationship between the narrator and nature seems to be neutral. The narrator does not seem to have a negative or positive outlook on the nature scene around him. The woods do present him with a fork in road forcing him to choose between two separate paths. “And be one traveler, long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could/To where it bent in the undergrowth” (Frost 2-5). The narrator is saying that since he is alone, he knows that this decision must be made with no help even though
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