He compares death to a “wintry fever” (Line 5) expressing his animosity towards death by comparing it to something cold and desolate. While also acknowledging that winter is a season in a cycle, and it is a necessary part of life. Furthermore in his poem “Do Not Go Gentle...” Thomas uses a different metaphor to characterize death. He describes
“Because it was grassy and wanted wear;" (Frost, The Road Not Taken 131) He can also make you think about how the world could end, as evidence by "Fire and Ice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice." (Frost, Fire and Ice 268) Robert Frost has a way with painting pictures in your head. He can take a short topic or phrase and make a magnificent poem that can move you to tears. He can
Symbolism The symbolic technique followed by Frost is also very modern in nature. The poems that are rich in symbolic meaning are Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Birches etc. Mending Wall is a symbolic poem in which he describes an anecdote typical of the conservative approach of the rural people in New England, but it has the universal symbolic implication. The poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is also full of symbols. The poem symbolically expresses the conflict which everyone feels between the demands of the practical life and a desire to escape into the land of reverie.
Frost symbolized free will and fate in the poem by using “The Fork”. The poem teaches that there are two paths that will lead you on your journey to your destiny. Frost lead to the belief that, “Two roads diverged in yellow wood” (Frost, 1916) expresses indirectly that the season is Fall and makes the theme seems as if “he was falling apart”. The interpretation of the poem can be based on everyone’s own personal experiences. In the poem, Frost indicates that he made the wrong decisions and took the wrong path’s by sarcastically using “making all the differences”.
The narrator is the only person in the poem and could be the author, Robert Frost, or some character he made up. The narrator is indecisive and unsure because, he takes so long to choose between two simple paths in the woods. He spends the first two and a half stanzas deciding which road to take. I also found the author profound and curious. He thinks very deeply about how the choice of picking a path could affect the rest of his life, and how he might look back on his decision later in life.
The North collection utilises various historical context while also stylistically allude to the bygone era of the Vikings and the discovery of the bog bodies of the Northern Europe in order to emphasis the endless occurrence of brutality and violent events. Furthermore, the poems contain multiple stylistic devices that symbolically emphasize the natural aspects of life and death. Heaney symbolically expresses his thoughts and accepts the natural occurrence of mortality through certain poems such as “The Grauballe Man” and “Exposure”. All in all, the underlying purpose of Heaney’s poems is to portray his struggles to escape the ongoing brutality and violent in a society. Heaney utilises historical context in order to emphasize his understandings towards the inevitable death.
In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the speaker walks in a forest during fall, and he comes upon a fork in the road that splits into two opposite paths. One road appears to be less traveled on, while the other appears more traveled. The speaker describes and contemplates his options, but he decides to take the road less traveled on. Because of his decision, the speaker laments in line 20 that his decision “has made all the difference” (20). Frost uses this metaphor to show how people make important decisions with weight on each side, and how their final choice affects them.
This is important because Heaney does not distance himself from the bog queen as he does with the his other Bog Poems. He speaks as the bog queen herself rather than as an outside character. Another poem he wrote about the Iron Age was “The Grauballe Man” another poem written by Seamus in response to a photo seen of the Grauballe Man. He describes each part of the bog body, by using dark imagery to give the man a spiritual persistence. In the poem he reveals his emotional response to it.
What he succeeded in creating was a poetry that fused everyday speech with formal poetic techniques. Nature provides a beautiful but passive background to the horrific event in ‘Out-Out’ . This poem outlines the fragility and brevity of life, as some may think. This poem is open to interpretation. Frost uses memorable images to evoke the beauty of nature, the threat of the saw, the horror of the accident.
• Historical Perspective of the Poem Most poem readers would take the poem at face-value, disregarding its poetic composition, rhyming and ideas asserted. According to Robert Frost, the poem was composed in just one night. The poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ was composed in 1922 and published in 1923 in ‘New Hampshire’ volume. After pulling off an all-nighter on his poem ‘New Hampshire’, he stepped outside in wee hours of the morning and had a sudden inspiration for the poem. A love for nature, imagery and personification are found recurrently.