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The Silken Tent

The use of 'she' in the first line of the poem is a distinct identification of its focus and, therefore, its theme. The speaker is clearly expressing his sentiments about a woman whom he obviously...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2016 7:36 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

"The Silken Tent" is an extended metaphor, describing a woman who is "as in a field a silken tent" (like a silken tent pitched in a field). The poet compares the woman to such a tent "at midday,...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 10:25 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

"The Silken Tent" uses a very detailed simile, or symbol, to describe how he feels about his loved one. He compares her, using a simile, to a "silken tent" in the summer breeze. Then, he expounds...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2009 12:19 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

In this sonnet, the speaker compares the woman who is the subject to the poem to a silken tent. The theme or message the speaker wishes to convey through this metaphor is that the woman is, like a...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019 12:39 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

You are correct in identifying that the silken tent, with its strong, central cedar pole and its many ropes holding it in place, acts as a powerful metaphor in this poem. The tent both stands for...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013 8:44 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

The literary meaning of the poem 'The Silken Tent' by Robert Frost lies not in the idea of 'connectedness' but in that of control. The poem was written when the world was concerned by the Nazi...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2013 8:19 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

Without knowing the theme of the unit in question, one can interpret lines 12–14 with regard to the prominent themes of the poem. Since these are the final lines of the sonnet, this is the section...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 7:41 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

A common feature of the sonnet is the volta, or turn. As the English translation of this Italian word suggests, this is a turning point in the poem, marking a division between the first eight lines...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 7:55 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

An interesting question. For the much of the poem, it seems odd to ask the question; the narrator is describing a woman. Since I don't know her, it would be hard to say if it is accurate or not. In...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2008 12:29 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

Frost's poem "The Silken Tent" compares an unnamed "she" to a silken tent standing in a field, which is seemingly supported by its "central cedar pole," representing "the sureness of the soul." In...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 7:45 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

Robert Frost's poem "The Silken Tent" is a sonnet about a woman, who is represented metaphorically by the eponymous silken tent. The speaker praises the woman for her strong spirit and also for the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

The Women There is only one character in Robert Frost's poem "The Silken Tent," and this is the woman introduced in the first line: "She is as in a field a silken tent." This opening line begins...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 11:25 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

This poem was originally entitled "In Praise of Your Poise." The poem on the surface describes the woman the poet loves as a "silken tent." This description allows for the woman to be at once soft...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 4:58 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

“The Silken Tent” is a celebration of the conventions of feminine domesticity broadly held in Frost’s America. At the time, America was a nation that had grown evermore dependent, in the immediate...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 12:30 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

This poem is a love poem. The poet is comparing the tent to the relationship he shares with the woman he loves. Just as a tent stands tall in a field against the sun, his love is strong and is...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2008 6:22 am UTC

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The Silken Tent

I am not aware that we know who in particular is the subject of this excellent and famous poem by Robert Frost. However, I think that if we look at it we can find lots of links between it and the...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2011 7:27 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

In the 1942 sonnet “The Silken Tent,” Robert Frost addresses a woman whom he admires and loves. Frosts uses the extended metaphor of a tent to represent the woman and her beauty, strength, and...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 5:22 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

This poem seems to describe a particular woman—the "She" of the first line—who the speaker compares to a "silken tent" at noon in the summer sunshine. The speaker uses a simile, a comparison of two...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 12:01 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

Relationships and Responsibilities are Stabilizing Forces This poem centers on how our relationships and responsibilities actually help to keep us centered and our souls sure. These relationships...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 12:18 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two things that are unrelated but may share common characteristics. In the poem "The Silken Tent," Robert Frost extends his one central metaphor...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 8:02 pm UTC

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The Silken Tent

Frost felt trapped by traditional rules of poetry. He wanted to express his voice in his way, and was particular about it. What I am always struck with is his reverence for simple life. I think...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 10:07 am UTC

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