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Comparison of two of Robert Frost's poems.What are some comparisons of the primary...

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studentlife1 | Student, Undergraduate

Posted December 5, 2009 at 2:23 AM via web

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Comparison of two of Robert Frost's poems.

What are some comparisons of the primary speaker in "Mending Wall" and the speaker in "Stoping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening"?  How do they differ in their views of life?  How does Frost integrate the seasons in the works to convey their visions?  What literary devices help to reinforce the speakers attitudes?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 5, 2009 at 4:57 AM (Answer #1)

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These are such different poems that it is very hard to compare the speakers' attitudes.

I suppose you could argue that the two speakers both share a sense of responsibility.  You might see this in the fact that they are both willing to do things they because they are supposed to, even thought they don't really want to do them.  In "Stopping" the speaker would rather watch the snow, in "Wall" the speaker would rather just let the wall fall down.  But both do what they are supposed to instead of what they want to do.

The major difference I see between the two is that the speaker in "Stopping" sounds more contented, mature and calm, while the other speaker seems much more mischievous -- wanting to mess with his neighbor's mind.

 

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 6, 2009 at 7:16 AM (Answer #2)

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'Something there is that does not love a wall' from the poem 'Mending Wall' by Robert Frost is a challenge right there in the first sentence. The poet has something to say that differs with his perceived view of how others in society see the world. In this poem he uses Nature as an ally in proving his point, which some have even suggested may include a reference th the Cold War with Russia, and other symbolic national walls.

'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' is more reflective, more like drinking in and appreciating the silence and beauty of Nature for its own sake. He uses the horse,the drifts,the wood to paint his picture of calm - and then life has to move on. That is a statement in itself, alone-time is good, but doesn't last long - after a while most people need to return to society.

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