Robert Frost Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is simple and what is complex in Robert Frost’s poetry?

Consider “Home Burial” as a poem about communication failure.

What evidence is there in individual Frost poems that the “I” of the poem does not necessarily represent the poet himself?

Frost wrote exclusively in meter, chiefly in iambic meter. How prevalent are variations and irregularities in the meter and what do they accomplish?

What examples of humor reinforcing seriousness can you find in Frost’s poems other than “Departmental”?

Doubts and fears are often expressed or implied in Frost’s poetry. Give several examples.