How far and in what ways has Robert frost persuaded you to agree with this view?(in the box below)"it is possible for a good writer to write about commonplace things with immense, even startling...

 How far and in what ways has Robert frost persuaded you to agree with this view?(in the box below)

"it is possible for a good writer to write about commonplace things with immense, even startling power."

I have this essay to write about I just need some info to write about some hints and lots lots of help:) thank you very much

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I fully agree that Robert Frost's poetry illustrates that "it is possible for a good writer to write about commonplace things with immense, even startling power."

In addition to the poems named by the other posters, I want to mention Frost's sonnet "Design." On the surface, it's a description of a spider, a web, and a caught moth. On a figurative level, the poem address the question of whether or not the universe is governed (i.e. if it is organized or "designed") by larger forces and, if so, wonders out loud if these forces are good or evil or both good and evil.

Just as is the case with "The Road Not Taken," the poem may be a lot more complicated than it first appears. The poem offers more questions than answers and, as the second source listed below states, Frost's poem may be marked with irony: "Since the structure of the poem departs from tradition [of the love sonnet], the reader may wonder about the appropriateness of 'Design' as its title; perhaps Frost is mocking, or at least questioning, the very notion of order."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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An underlying idea of Frost's statement would be there is something poetic and powerful in even the smallest of details in consciousness.  Whether it is a pair of paths in a forest, falling snow, or a wall, the poetry of Frost is able to develop a sensibility about the most inanimate of objects.  This is reminiscent of Wordsworth's notion of the poet to "see into the life of things."  This conception of the artist is one who sees a sensibility, a poetic vision, in anything.  Any subject, in this line of logic, is fair game for the poet.  It lies in the poet's ability to describe and re-conceptualize a subject where true poetry exists.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Frost's own poetry shows that this statement is really quite accurate.  If I were writing this essay, I would start by thinking about the themes of some of Frost's most famous and loved poems.

In "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" he talks simply about being in the woods in the snow, with his horse (horses aren't so commonplace anymore, of course).  By doing so, he makes us think about duty and beauty and, to some, even about death.

In "Mending Wall" he uses the setting of himself and a neighbor fixing a stone wall as a way of having us think about what it means to be an individual in a society.

Finally, in "Road not Taken," he uses a crossroads in a wood to talk about whether we people deceive ourselves when we think our choices matter.

So in these ways, Frost uses commonplace things to look at profound ideas in a powerful way.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Robert Frost has the ability to take everyday words and through the use of figurative language create poetry with wonderful “starting power.”  He is well skilled at using the various types of figurative speech.  He takes a figure and crates another figure in his lines.  For example, in the poem “The Road not Taken” he is not talking about a common road that splits into two parts.  He is discussing a journey in life.  The roads represent the person’s choice as to what he decided to do with his life.  He could live like everybody else and follow societal expectations or do his “own thing.”

Frost was not always the popular writer that we know today.  Most of his early writings were put into books and given to his fiancée.  He wrote because it helps him to tie things in life together.  He found he had a talent for weaving words.  Yet, his public acceptance of his literary works came much later.  He moved to England after working many menial jobs in America.  The English people were much more appreciative of his writing.

Perhaps it is Frost’s experience as a laborer on farms and life in rural America that gave him the ability to take commonplace things and turn them into powerful observations.

Writing about what one knows is the best means of expression and everyday events and things are an excellent method for people who write poetry to use to express them selves.