From Frost's poems we can see his life in New England and on the farm had a lasting effect on him. He talks in multiple poems about apples and orchards and the harvest as the subjects. With these he also uses an interesting rhyme scheme. In "After Apple Picking" the pattern is hard to fine as it seems to jump around abbaccded...However it doesn't continue in this order the whole poem and similarly "Mending Wall" has no rhyme scheme to it.
Frost's life is certainly nothing less than interesting. I found it interesting that before he was a poet he was a farmer which to me is pretty impressive because I consider those two lifestyles on different ends of the spectrum. In reference to Frost's style, I enjoy reading his poems because of the rhyming scheme which really makes the poem free flowing and easy to read. Lastly the content of Frost's poems are interesting to me because he leaves his poems up to the reader to interpret them as you wish, so for me I like that because then you're able to connect with the poem a lot more.Jake j 1st
Frost Lee Frost was often seen as "the american poet' and much of america loved him.Frosts poems seemed to appeal to the every man while still being intellectual and thought provoking.Although he might not have been the nicest guy his poems had a great influence on poetry in america today. as for his poems they mostly seem to all follow a similar rhyme scheme and it seems that they deal with seemingly everyday occurrences such as meeting a fork in the road or "stopping by woods on a snowy evening and then go philosophical with them and makes them interesting.Tyler R.
Because Frost was an intelligent man who came from a humble background of agriculture, many of his poems were inspired by his lifestyle. Robert Frost tends to write about the simple things in life, such as being drowsy in "After Apple Picking," but connects it to a larger meaning. In the poem Frost writes, "My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree toward heaven still..." This one line simply shows that Robert Frost was referring to death when he mentioned that he was feeling tired and that he was "...done with apple-picking now." Through the use of symbolism, Frost writes poetry that says more than what they initially come off to say. -Jillian, Period 1
Robert Frost's style and content of his poems are very unique. When I read Frost's poems, I feel they are different from other writers because each poem can mean something different from one person to the next. There is a lot of imagery in his poems. This allows the reader to think of many different meanings for each poem. I really enjoyed reading Frost's poems because of the way he uses rhyme schemes. I really believe that this helps his poems flow. A lot of Frost's content within his poems relate to nature. To me, this makes sense due to his earlier life as a farmer. Overall, I really enjoyed Frost's poetry and hope to be more exposed to it in the future. Alyssa S
Frost's life seemed to be full of difficulty and hardships. As a young boy his alcoholic father died and Frost was "on the verge of suicide" for a time as a young adult. However, even as Frost aged and his success grew, earning him the title of "Great American Poet," he still faced many challenges such as his children dying' committing suicide and one of his daughters going crazy. Frost's poems appear to all have set rhyme schemes which helps the writing flow and keep the reader entertained. All of the poems we read also address life's issues through metaphor's. "Mending Wall" and "The Road Not Taken" are about the things that separate humans, such as the metaphor of "walls" and separate roads. "After Apple Picking" and "Fire and Ice" seemed to be a bout death with the way the first addressed "human sleep' and "Fire and Ice" addresses the world's destruction. Frost's poems are enjoyable to read because of their metaphors and definite rhyme schemes, without those he would not be considered the great poet he is remembered as. Becca G. P. 1
Frost’s poems are very interesting and as you read them it becomes more and more obvious why so many liked his poem. His style of writing is something I would describe as different because unlike most poets of his time he has actual dialogue in his poems. In the “Mending Wall,” it read “He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ This is a whole new style of writing, or at least it is compared to the limited number of poems that I have read in my life. Another thing that’s interesting to point out is connection to Americans by saying, “good fences make good neighbors.” I think having verses such as this one let people really soak in Frost’s ideology because it related to everyone’s daily life and some of their beliefs as well.
Robert Frost was a rough and dramatic man, as well as one of Americas most beloved writers. Although he was born and raised in an urban environment, his affinity for rural New England and the natural world is conveyed through his writing. Many of Frost's poems are centered around everyday occurrences and life, like "Mending Wall" and "Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening". He uses rhymes intermittently and follows almost the tone of natural speech. Much emotion is shown through his work, as it must be highly autobiographical. Isabel B P 1
Frost's work embodied the American spirit in it's homeliness, and desire to make old traditions new again. He himself embodied some of America's less celebrated qualities such as pride, and admiration for European culture from which American culture ultimately descended. Frost is a poet for the people. His poems have been distributed to every school child in America for generations, because of this, his legacy will live on indefinitely.
Robert Frost had a traditional yet modern style of poetry writing. He grew up in New England, even tried to farm a couple of times, and it clearly shows in his writing. He wrote several poems about things such as harvesting apples and orchards, which must have been because of his upbringings. He does use rhymes a lot in his poems, however they don't really follow your typical rhyme schemes. His poems almost sound as if he's just talking normally, except in a really beautiful way. Paige M period 5
Robert Frost’s life and works are very interesting because they are full of contradictions. Despite him being dramatic, sassy, and egotistical, a lot of his works are based on simpler things, such as the woods and nature. Also, he had faced many hardships throughout his life, such as dealing with an alcoholic father, his children dying for various reasons, and contemplated suicide because of a bad marriage. However, those struggles hardly ever appear in his works. This surprised me because most poets who have had a bad life translate those hardships into their work, and Frost did the exact opposite. I found Robert Frost’s life and his poems very intriguing.
Robert Frost is one of America's most popular poets and earned his reputation through had work and dedication. It interests me that he was educated in a poetry style that is distinctively "British" and still is known as one of America's most defining poets, even being compared to Aaron Copland in the book. His poetry is very smooth, calming, and utterly non-depressing, a trait that is lacking in many of our recent readings. Frost certainly deserves his place among the greatest poets of his time, and with the fact that everyone knows at least one line to at least one of his poems, deserves the title of legend.Stas P.5
Robert FrostRobert Frost had a very rough and mean demeanor about him which I think in turn translated over to his poetry. He was very honest in his writing and I think that much of his poetry reflected his own life experiences. He was a very educated man attending Dartmouth College, later enrolling as a special student at Harvard University. I would describe his poetry as unique and much like other poets he had a lot of content and dialogue within each poem. Poems such as “Mending Wall” Explain the relationship between him and his neighbor, and the back and forth commentary of the unnecessary wall. Jessie O P5
Rural life had a huge influence on Frost’s writing as he typically includes aspects of nature or farming culture in his poetry. He tends to use nature as a metaphor that relates to people’s lives, which is evident in poems like ‘The Road Not Taken’ where the road is symbolic to the choices we make in life or ‘Fire and Ice’ where it could be symbolic to how ice destroys crops, but fire is like a rebirth for the Earth. Frost has some poems that follow some meter or rhyme scheme, though not all of his poems do. Meredith J. Period 5
Many viewed Robert Frost as "our country's best-loved writer" because of his books such as A Boy Will and North of Boston which he wrote during his time spent in England. He gained his fame from these books in England and were loved so much there American publishers showed interest resulting in him moving back to the states. Some of his poems reflect his deep love and patriotism for America which his family had lived in since the 1600s. Lastly, his poems rhyme making his poems flow when reading them. Abby Period 5
It seems as though Frost's life was filled mainly with two things: Hardships and nature. These are two contrasting ideas, but when you are reading his poetry you can see these two ideas within his writing. He grew up as a New England man, born in San Francisco in 1874 but moving to Massachusetts with his mother in 1885. This move took place after the death of his alcoholic father from tuberculosis. He graduated top of his class in high school and attended Dartmouth College for a short period of time, but once again hardships struck. He found that he held unrewarding jobs for years. You can tell that he suffered hardships when reading his poems, like "Fire and Ice" and "Mending Wall", but you can also tell that Frost spent a fair amount of time outdoors, as shown through "After Apple-Picking" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Frost's poetry will live on for generations, sharing the stories that he wanted to tell. Ellie B Period 5
Robert Frost was an intelligent man whos background in agriculture influenced his poetry. His life was far from normal and he suffered moments of phsychological discomfort. His personal experiences made him very critical of others, yet surprisingly, he was very patriotic. These aspects of his life helped form the topics and ideas in his poems. Many of his poems refer to moments that seem insignificant but express his personal thoughts and questions. Erika M. Period 5
Robert Frost is an interesting person to analyze, as his work has gained him a reputation to the highest degree in America, and even other countries like Britain. After reading a few of his finest works, it's no wonder why the critics praise him. "The Road Not Taken" has always been a personal favorite of mine, as it has reminded me time and time again that the road not taken can make all the difference. I was surprised to read that besides his work, his personality also aided his reputation. His old school New England style look and personality was perfect for his public readings. All in all, Robert Frost seems to be one of the most interesting and successful poets I've studied so far. -Rome
I think its ironic that a poet, who held tightly the British tradition of poetry, is regarded as this country's most beloved poet. But, the subject of his poems speak to a lot of Americans. Many of his poems are about nature and everyday occurrences that helps underlines a vague theme or question which the reader can further fill in. His life was riddled with hardships and tragedies, he almost killed himself, his daughter became insane, another died during childbirth, and another son who committed suicide. His style is British traditional, his poems have a rhyme scheme to them as well. His poems speaks to Americans, as they are filled with relate-able elements and questions like what path to choice in life ("The Road Not Taken) and the tale of death in "Fire and Ice." His poems are able to speak to many people, cementing his popularity for decades. Owen Boyle P5
Robert Frost's rude and selfish demeanor is exemplified in his poems. In After Apple Picking he says,"For I have had too muchOf apple-picking: I am overtiredOf the great harvest I myself desired."I guess Frost is looking for sympathy in these lines; however I don't think we should feel bad for him because he got tired while picking apples. While this activity may have been strenuous, he wasn’t suffering as much as someone sick or injured. He could have replaced those lines with something of more substance. We can also note that the use of "I" in his poems is excessive. Frost brings himself into every piece we have analyzed. His dramatic and self-centered personality is very apparent in his poems.Katey YalePeriod 5
Robert Frost is a very interesting and intelligent man. His writing style was different from others because he didn't just write about one thing. He also had different life experiences that influenced his poems in different ways. He lived on a farm for a little while which could influence the writing about apples and about fences and neighbors. I also think that he could have been influenced a little bit by death because one of his children went insane, another committed suicide and another died during child birth. in After Apple Picking he says "My long ladder's sticking through a tree, toward heaven still, and there's still a barrel that i didn't fill." This could mean that he is sad his children are gone and he doesn't seem like the time was right for them to go, like he wasn't ready for them to leave, or that it is his time to go almost and he doesn't feel done yet. Either way Frost's poesm were very interesting and so was he.Shannon F Period 5
Robert Frost was a popular poet of his time. He was a wry New England man that lived a dramatic life. Like most poets he faced difficulties like Job hopping and more seriously, contemplating suicide. His children also shared some of the same hardships and he lost two of them. In the mist of those hard times, he met his wife. those hard times. Frost was a realistic poet noticed by president Kennedy and was asked to be a part of his inaugural address. He passed away shortly after at the age of 88. Robert Frost can be considered as one of the greatest American poets.Mike A period 1
I think Robert Frost had a poet's life. He grew up with many hardships, including having to work in agriculture. On the flip side, this is what helped influence his love of the outdoors and greatly influenced his poetry about nature. Another hardship he faced in his adult life was the deaths of his children. Having one of his children commit suicide and another be stillborn was a tragedy, but it helped him incorporate an element of death into his poetry. His poetry could not have been the quality it was without the hardships he faced.
I think that, based on what I have read with both his poems and excerpts from biographies of Robert Frost, his works have reflected what he was going through at that point in time. For example, when Frost wrote his famous poem, "The Road Not Taken", Frost was deciding whether or not he should work as a poet for the rest of his life or if he should be a professor at a college or if he should be a farmer. He was able to work through hardships and adversity to become the renowned poet he was in hi time and that he is today. Of all the poets we have studied in this course so far, he is one of my favorites because at sometimes he could be dark and in others, the poem was happier.
Robert Frost’s life of agriculture and hardships had a big influence on his poetry. Many of his poems involved nature, such as “After Apple Picking.” This poem also shows that he encountered hardships in his life through the line, “for I have had too much of apple-picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired.” Although he is saying that he is tired of apple picking, you can make assumptions that he is tired of something else and is choosing to express it this way. Many of his poems display imagery, and this helps the reader to feel more connected with the poem and Frost himself. Emma D p1
I believe that Frost is such a different poem than any other poets we have discussed and researched so far. For example, each author usually had a theme going on such as death and sadness. I noticed Frost used experience and every day things for his poems. I liked the rhyming in his poems which made his style different than Dickinson, Plath,etc. I know that Frost lived in a farm in N.H and tried which did inspire his poems "Mending Wall" & "After Apple Picking" He did suffer from depression and anxiety but I liked the idea that all his poems wasn't based on that. Therefore, each poem would be something unique. Shradha S P1
I believe Frost is different than any other poets*** - Shradha
Robert Frost's style of poetry is in an "a a b a b b c b...ext." pattern especially in "Apple Picking". The content of his poetry often draws imagery of typical objects or events that actually represent something more deep and emotional. His life in New England is represented in his poetry. He was well educated and patriotic. However, with the death of his children, it's obvious that he has lived through dark times in his life. He was also a farmer; a farmer who could not farm well. This is also very impactful on the content of nature in his work. Remi SPeriod 5
Frost, it seems, did not dwell on the hardships of his life. From unsuccessful farming to the tragic endings of his children he continued on and did not let these prevent him from writing. His style consists of a recognizable voice and inconsistent rhyme schemes in some of his work. Though he does have rhymes in some of his poems, to me it seemed as though they were put in at random intervals, perhaps to add to the fluidity of his writing. The content of his poems are often related to nature. He often makes references to woods and trees, more specifically apple trees, in many of his poems.- Brianna, Period 1
Frost led a very interesting life to me, with first being a farmer, then once it was unsuccessful he moved on to become a poet. He suffered tragedy in his life involving his children, but what's amazing is that he didn't stop despite all that. One of his most often heard poems is The Road Not Taken, which is usually read at a graduation of some sort. I've always truly enjoyed his poetry, and learning more about him is interesting to me.-Kylee, Period 1
Robert Frost was a unique poet. He had a similar life like Sylvia Plath, experiencing hardships and contemplating suicide. His poems reflected around his livelyhood, like the Apple Picking poem. His rhyme scheme seemed to follow a similar pattern to the poem "The Road Not Taken". He showed powerful language, and understanding of life values. Robert Frost is definitely one of the more favorable poets, due to his topic ideas. I know I personally relate to his poetry, like The Road Not Taken. I can relate quite well, as I forge my own paths. I take the option other people won't take. Scott K. P1
There is no doubt that Robert Frost is one of the most successful writers in America. He earned the attention of all of his audiences across America. Frost may not have been the nicest man, but his writing earned him a lot of respect. His life was very atypical as he had an agricultural background and moved into writing later in life. I feel that Frost's hardships shaped his writing and influenced his later life. He makes references to harvesting that are significant to his past life. Sam Coleman- Period 1
Robert Frost is one of the more unique poets that we have read this year. He was more of a rural New England man. His agricultural background and the hardships of his life greatly influenced his poems. Some of his greatest works revolve around death or human nature, such as "Apple Picking" and "Mending Wall". He was considered to be a poet of the people. Also, his work is structured in a wired way. There doesn't seem to be a clear or precise pattern to it. This makes reading his poems an odd experience, but it is also very effective. Chad C, Period 1
Frost's style is one that is very unique to his writing. He can make some of the most mundane things in everyday life, like "Mending a Wall" relates to what his life is about. Living in a suburban town in New England, he used a specific rhyme pattern in his poems. This immediately grabbed my attention, with the rhyme flowing in a smooth flow. Obviously this grabbed the attentions of others as Frost is a renowned poet, recognized all over America and Europe.Thomas SP1
Frost was born in sunny California. It wasn't until his fathers death that frost and the rest of his family moved to Massachusetts. I think that's why a lot of his poems are about the cold, because he moved from this warm place to the frigid winter that we endure in the north east. He didn't grow up in and extremely rural area. He was raised in cities. Which is why I think it's strange a lot of his poems are set in the woods and small rural areas. I love the rhym skeams in his poems they are unique like the a, b, a, a, c, d, c, c... paturn found in his poem The Road Not Taken.Marissa S
Frost carries a style that is unlike many of his counter parts within the same period. He makes great experiences out of every day life. Frost can evoke raw emotion from simple ideas. Like in "Apple Picking" or "Mending a Wall". Frost is very proficient at providing his reader great emotion and style.Kevin Jin
It seems that Frost may not have had the inspiration to write his poems had his background not included farming. His tone is very pondering, he sounds curious and intrigued, as if by his own writing. He rhymes a lot, even if they aren't apparent, and his poems are generally about topics that one thinks about when someone mentions poetry. These topics range from being about forests in "The Road Not Taken" to our inevitable death of the planet, in "Fire and Ice". Cleo K Period 5
I looked into Frost's personality more so that I could perhaps see what made him into the poet that he was. He once said that he would "sooner write free verse as play tennis with the net down"- a kind of callous and perhaps alienating remark that at once confirms his dedication to the traditionalist style of poetry and highlights why he might not have gotten along with everyone he encountered. But in "Mending Wall" he recounts a conversation with a neighbor in which the neighbor thinks having a wall between them helps neighbors get along, but Frost isn't so sure. This shows that he might have sought closer connections to people in his life than he ended up getting. Frost also said that his wife was "the unspoken half of everything I ever wrote"; I don't know how much this reveals about him other than that he loved his wife, but it may be one of the most romantic statements to ever come out of a non-romantic poet.
Despite Frost being a well known poet, he spent the first 40 years unknown. He went on to obtain four Pulitzer Prizes, and was event a special guest at Kennedy's inaguration. Frost had a very interesting way about his writing. It followed, for the most part, its own rhyme scheme. It is sort of refreshing to see the poetry follow a different pattern than what one tends to expect. I enjoy the way he writes. Also, i like the content. "The road not taken" is a fantastic piece, that is open to so many different interpretations. Everyone can connect to it in some way, which I think adds to Frosts' charm.
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