Does the poem "My November Guest" by Robert Frost suggest that sorrow can be conveyed through sound qualities and through images of nature?  "My November Guest" by Robert Frost

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Frost uses many images and descriptions of scenes in My November Guest that readers would associate with sorrow. He is building a mood through these descriptions, creating a sense of the feelings being experienced by the speaker in the poem. As Frost refers to the "withered tree" and the "sodden pasture lane," a picture of the dark, dreary surroundings is conveyed to the reader. Sounds are not featured as extensively as sights in Frost's words but he does note that "the birds are gone away," so that there would be an absence of sound from that source.

However, Sorrow and the poem's speaker have come to appreciate the beauty that can exist in these conditions that many associate with sadness. There are redeeming features in the potentially depressing scenery if one understands how to find them -"her simple worsted grey is silver now." Even in sorrow, even in November, there is beauty to be found.