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Robert Frost

In "The Road Not Taken," what does the "yellow wood" symbolize?

The "yellow wood" could also mean early spring, no? Echoing in my mind is another poem by Frost, "Nothing God Can Stay": Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2009 6:09 pm UTC

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Explain how Robert Frost supports the theme of the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" through his use of imagery.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost, is a poem about the illusory nature of life. This theme, that nothing of value ("nothing gold") will last forever, is substantiated through the imagery of...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2013 6:48 pm UTC

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Describe the imagery in "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost.

According to astronomer Harrow Shapely, the poem Fire and Ice was created due to a conversation he had with Robert Frost. The topic of the end of the world came up and Shapely told Frost that Earth...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 11:05 pm UTC

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In "A Minor Bird," Robert Frost expresses modern man's inability to appreciate nature. Comment on this idea.

Robert Frost's "A Minor Bird" opens with a title which reflects man's inability to appreciate nature. The use of the word "minor" in the title shows the insignificance with which man regards...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

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What does "darkest evening of the year" mean in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

In Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening," line 8 of the poem mentions that the events of the poem take place on the "darkest evening of the year." There are two possible meanings...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 6:36 pm UTC

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What does Robert Frost say about the world we live in in his poem "The Secret Sits"? By answering the question, link...

Given that Frost's poem "The Secret Sits" is a simple couplet (two lines of poetry) and written in anapest trimeter (anapest- a meter with a three syllable foot; trimeter- the existence of three...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 11:38 pm UTC

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Write a critical appreciation of Frost's poem"MENDING WALL"? plz answer in detail

A critical appreciation is a bit of an odd thing. It is more than simply saying that the poem is good or beautiful. You have to justify that statement by critically analyzing the poem or parts of...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 10:32 pm UTC

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Discuss the poem "Fireflies in the Garden" by Robert Frost.

The poem Fireflies in the Garden, by Robert Frost is an allegory to several things including the admiration of effort, the drawbacks of imitation, and the appreciation of differences. The...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 10:50 pm UTC

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What kind of imagery is used in the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay"?

Imagery is using the five senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste—to describe a scene. In "Nothing Gold can Stay," Frost uses visual and touch imagery: we can see and feel what he describes....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 1:48 pm UTC

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What is the rhythm of the poem "A Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost?

This poem uses a form of iambic tetrameter, meaning that each line has four "feet." In actuality, what this means is that a person reading the poem aloud would naturally stress four syllables in...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 9:35 am UTC

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What are the poetic techniques/literary devices in Robert Frost's poem "Gathering Leaves"?

The regular rhythm and simple structure of this poem, based on four-line stanzas, is suited to its topic: the simple activity of shoveling "mountains" of dried leaves. The poem's regularity echoes...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 9:10 am UTC

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What is the mood in the poem "Fire and Ice"?

The mood of this poem is contemplative, but it does not have the tone of gentle reflection we might more usually associate with contemplative poetry. On the contrary, the speaker approaches the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 7:46 am UTC

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What does the poet mean by "nothing gold can stay" in the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost?What does the...

The poem refers to the fact that sometimes beautiful things do not last long. They tend to be evanescent. Gold is of course associated with the precious metal. It is extremely valuable in this...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 4:02 am UTC

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What is the tone of the poem and the mood towards the end of "For Once, Then, Something"?

The tone of the end of the poem is curious and disappointed, and the mood is regretful and thoughtful. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject, and the mood is the emotional landscape of...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2013 2:38 am UTC

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What are the features of Robert Frost's poetry?

Three of the many features that are often present in Robert Frost's poems are a) a simple rhyme scheme, b) everyday language, c) multiple symbolic meanings. For example, take the opening stanza...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2015 7:16 pm UTC

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I'd like an analysis of Robert Frost's poem "Peck of Gold." What's the relation between dust and children, gold and...

Robert Frost's poem "Peck of Gold" looks back at his childhood in San Francisco and focuses on the dust that seemingly covered everything. In the poem, he uses the dust as both a symbol of the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 4:26 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the poem "Once by the Ocean" by Robert Frost?

The theme of "Once by the Ocean" is the inevitable passing of time and its slow destruction. There is a heavily foreboding tone established at the outset of the piece. The water and waves "shatter"...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2011 7:16 pm UTC

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Is the title of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" suitable?

The title is certainly pretty basic, but then, so, in some ways, is the poem itself. I think the appropriateness of the title depends on what you think the poem's message is. Is the poem about a...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 8:16 pm UTC

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Discuss Robert Frost's themes of modernism, such as urbanization, loneliness, and individualism, with reference to...

At first glance, Robert Frost doesn’t seem to have much in common with the experimental poetry of the Modernist writers; his poetry often relies on traditional forms, rhymes, and blank verse. Frost...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2018 11:38 pm UTC

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In Frost's poem "Death of the Hired Man," what do Warren's and Mary's different definitions of "home" suggest about...

Warren believes that "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." In contrast, Mary calls home "Something you somehow haven't to deserve." Warren looks at...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011 12:54 pm UTC

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In the poem "Desert Places," what multiple denotations of the word "benighted" are functional in the poem?

The "denotation" of a word is the actual, dictionary definition. In the same vein, the "connotation" is the suggestion of the meaning of a word apart from what it explicitly means. By definition,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2011 6:33 pm UTC

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Please help me  interpret the poem "The Line Gang" by Robert Frost. I'm having a really hard time trying to figure...

The title of the poem reveals the subject. The poet is critiquing the upheaval that the line gang's installation of telegraph and telegram lines is bringing to his once quiet and undisturbed rural...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 7:50 pm UTC

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Can you give me a summary of the poem "The Pasture" by Robert Frost and who is referred to as you in the poem?  ...

Perhaps, in his usage of "you" Frost addresses an adult audience in his poem "The Pasture"; he may be inviting his readers to recall the beauty of nature as they peruse his poem. For, as he...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2010 4:32 am UTC

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Critically appreciate Robert Frost's poem "Reluctance" would be very helpful if the answer is detailed

There are all sorts of ways to critically appreciate this poem. You can start by looking at where the poem first appears and what form of poem it is. With just a little digging, I found that...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 10:57 pm UTC

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Please explain the poem "October" by Robert Frost.

Robert Frost’s “October” uses both its form and content to depict a moment in time right before fall gives way to winter. Although the poem takes the form of one stanza, it can be roughly split...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 4:30 am UTC

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Could somebody give me an analysis of Robert Frost's poem, "A Soldier"? Here is the poem: He is that fallen lance...

[Answers on eNotes are limited by available space.] Poetry analysis includes, among other things, structure and rhyme scheme; meter, which is feet and rhythm; theme, which requires knowing the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2013 12:43 pm UTC

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What is the meter, the rhyme scheme and the form of Robert Frost's "Desert Places?"

In Robert Frost's "Desert Places," the rhyme scheme is A A B A. A rhyme scheme is what the author uses to create a pattern of rhyme. In this case, Frost sticks to that pattern throughout the poem....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

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Describe the brook in the sixth stanza of Frost's poem "Going for Water."

The poem "Going for Water" by Robert Frost is narrated in the first person plural (probably by children). The narrators live in a rural environment and rely on a well for their water. Because the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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In the poem "Desert Places" by Robert Frost, who are "They" that can create fear by talking about the emptiness of...

Robert Frost is one of the greatest modern poets of American literature. His poems are embedded with thought-provoking symbolism. In the poem "Desert Places," Frost delves into the theme of...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

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What are the sound devices in the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost?

Sound devices are techniques which lend a sense of rhythm to a poem. They include end rhymes, internal rhymes, meter, alliteration, assonance, and consonance, all of which cause emphasis to fall on...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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What are the literary devices in the poem "An Encounter"?

Frost uses personification to describe the "resurrected tree" under which the poem's speaker sits and rests. The speaker identifies the tree using the male pronoun "he" and notes that its position...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 8:48 pm UTC

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What symbolism is used in the poem, "Desert Places," by Robert Frost?    

Robert Frost builds the power in the poem by using the primary symbol of snow and its related color, white, and then employing the clear contrast of night falling, which is echoed at the end with...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 2:47 am UTC

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What insight can be given on "The Sandpiper" by Robert Frost?

Robert Frost once wrote, "In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." Frost's belief about the continuation of life is reflected in his detailing of nature. This...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2014 2:38 pm UTC

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What is Robert Frost's message in his poem "The Runaway"?

Robert Frost's "The Runaway" is a short poem that describes the specific scene of a young horse being first exposed to snow. The horse appears to be running away because he is afraid. The two...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2018 2:34 am UTC

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In "A Passing Glimpse," what are the glimpses refered to in the last line of the poem?

The "glimpses" that the poem refers to are shown to be dazzling and beautiful glimpses of nature that truly point us towards the intense and inspirational beauties of the natural world that our...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 1:52 pm UTC

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Discuss Frost's exploration of the relationship between man and nature in "There are Roughly Zones."

Frost begins the poem with a contrast that is precise and man-made, sitting indoors and talking ''of the cold outside." The precarious nature of the warmth and comfort which the subjects of the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 11:38 am UTC

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What is the idea of home and why is it important thematically in the poem "The Death of the Hired Man"?

Frost's poem contains one of the most quoted lines in all of poetry; "Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in" (lines 118-119). The idea is that...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2008 8:21 am UTC

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Please comment on the meaning of "A Prayer in Spring" by Robert Frost.

This poem, like so many of Frost's poems, takes as its subject the beauty of nature. The title, "A Prayer in Spring," points towards the way in which this poem operates as a simple evocation of the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

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In Ice and Fire by Robert Frost what other symbols besides ice and fire does the poet use?

Frost plays with several other images in this poem. The idea of taste, and interacting with one's world through sensation is a powerful one. This reflects a notion of experience within the world,...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2009 9:28 am UTC

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Please discuss Robert Frost's theme of loneliness throughout his poetry. Please discuss Robert Frost's theme of...

It is amazing the way in which loneliness occurs as a definite theme in so many of Frost's poems. My own personal favourite is "Acquainted with the Night," as mentioned above, in which the speaker...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2011 4:42 am UTC

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What details help to create tone and mood in Frost's poem, "Once by the Pacific"?

The tone or mood of Frost's poem is ominous and threatening, creating a mood of unease or anxiety about the future. Nature is portrayed as planning, with deliberate, evil intent, to harm the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the imagery and tone of the poems "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert...

Both poems make use of nature imagery, as the other educator wrote. In "Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Nature's first green" makes us visualize spring and the explosion of green that occurs when winter...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2018 1:11 pm UTC

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Help me to analyze meter, rhyme scheme and understand the meaning of the poem "A Late Walk" by Robert Frost.

Robert Frost's poem "A Late Night Walk" is a lyric poem of the variation called ballad. Lyric poems come in several varieties including sonnets and ballads. Each variety of lyric poem has its own...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2010 4:08 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the poem "A Late Walk" by Robert Frost?

Amidst the shirred remains of the harvested field, the speaker observes signs of the last remaining days of Autumn that part with the melancholy of the "sober birds" and the leaf that "Comes softly...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 3:02 pm UTC

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What literary devices are used in the poem "The Pasture" by Robert Frost?

Robert Frost's "The Pasture" is a two-stanza poem with a xAAx rhyme scheme, written in iambic pentameter except for the final line of each stanza, which utilizes iambic tetrameter. One example of a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 11:23 pm UTC

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What does the road "less traveled" symbolize in "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost?    

"The road less traveled by" could symbolize a more unconventional path through life than the "roads" that others typically take. It could relate, for example, to the way one makes a living....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 6:16 pm UTC

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What figure of speech is “lurking frost in the earth beneath" in Robert Frost's poem "Two Tramps in Mud Time"?

This line employs several different literary techniques. On the surface it is personification, since the frost is given the human-like quality of "lurking," suggesting that it is waiting for a...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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Why does the neighbor focus on the importance of fences in “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost?

In Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," the neighbor thinks it is a good idea to have a fence marking off each man's property so they will definitively know where the borders of their properties lie....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 2:00 am UTC

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According to poem of "Desert Places" by Robert Frost please give the response to the following question: 1.which...

The previous post was quite accurate in suggesting that the entire poem has a strongly negative feel to it. I think the third stanza contains the most imagery that seems negative to me. Much of...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2009 9:23 pm UTC

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In "The Death of the Hired Man," how does Frost’s choice of words affect the tone?

The poem states the mood in the first line: "Mary sat musing..." The poem is not an intense examination of anything, but rather a gentle recollection of a gentle man who has come back to the only...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2009 6:47 am UTC

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