Would you answer these two questions?in the poem of "Desert places" by robert frost 1. who are "they"(line13) who can creat fear by talking about the emptiness of space? fear of what? 2.what are...

Would you answer these two questions?

in the poem of "Desert places" by robert frost

1. who are "they"(line13) who can creat fear by talking about the emptiness of space? fear of what?

2.what are the "desert places"(line16) within speaker that may be compared to literal emtiness of space?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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  1. I believe that "they" in this line does not refer to anyone specific.  The theme of the poem is how the speaker feels alienated from everything around him.  So I think he uses the word "they" to emphasize that he feels like it is him against everything else -- that there are forces that are against him.
  2. These are the empty and lonely spaces in his own psyche.  They are the parts of him that are not content, which feel melancholy and perhaps even despair.  This emphasizes that his problems are within himself.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the poem "Desert Spaces" by Robert Frost talks of emptiness, loneliness, and uses winter's snowfall to describe the feelings and emotions brought on by winter. 

Line 13 speaks of man's own fears and the way in which man causes himself to feel afraid by loneliness.  Mankind has a needed for the involvement of other and a person looking over a blank white space such as the snowfall witnesses’ isolation.  Frost is also referring to his own self and thoughts.  The term “they” are Frost’s own thoughts which at present seem to be dormant and useless with the exception of serving to make him feel more isolated.

In line 16 of the poem Frost uses desert places to describe the desolation and loneliness that he feels.  Winter is often a time of seasonal depression and the theme of this poem demonstrates those feelings.

 

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