Robert Frost And Emily Dickinson There are two poets that make up a unique American poetic voice, Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Regardless of their different lifes and poetic style, they still had a great impact on American poetry. Robert Frost Robert Frost led a productive life that spanned 89 years. Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. He moved to New England at the age of eleven and became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
He was enrolled at Dartmouth College in 1892, and later at Harvard, but never earned a formal degree. Frost drifted through a string of occupations after leaving school, working as a teacher, cobbler, and editor of the Lawrence Sentinel. His first professional poem, The Butterfly, was published on November 8, 1894, in the New York newspaper The Independent. In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, who became a major inspiration in his poetry until her death in 1938. The couple moved to England in 1912, after their New Hampshire farm failed, and it was abroad that Frost met and was influenced by such contemporary British poets as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves. While in England, Frost also established a friendship with the poet Ezra Pound, who helped to promote and publish his work.
By the time Frost returned to the United States in 1915, he had published two full-length collections, A Boy’s Will and North of Boston, and his reputation was established. By the nineteen-twenties, he was the most celebrated poet in America, and with each new book–including New Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)–his fame and honors (including four Pulitzer Prizes) increased. Frost lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont, and died on January 29, 1963, in Boston. Frosts most famous poem, The Road Not Taken, has left its readers with many different interpretations. It is one’s past, present and the attitude with which he looks upon his future that determines the shade of the light that he will see the poem in.
This poem clearly demonstrates Frost’s belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is. And sorry I could not travel both.. It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. In an attempt to make a decision, the traveler looks down one as far as I could. The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown, as does any choice in life. It is the way that he chooses here that sets him off on his journey and decides where he is going.
Then took the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim. What made it have the better claim is that it was grassland wanted wear. The fact that the traveler took this path over the more popular, secure one indicates the type of personality he (maybe Frost) has, one that does not want to necessarily follow the crowd but do more of what has never been done, what is new and different. This is his common sense speaking and acknowledging that what he chooses now will affect every other choice he makes afterward. He realizes that at the end of his life, somewhere ages and ages hence, he will have regrets about having never gone back and traveling down the roads he did not take.
Yet he remains proud of his decision and he recognizes that it was this path that he chose that made him turn out the way and he did and live his life the way in which he lived. I took the road less traveled by and that had made all the difference. Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley but severe homesickness led her to return home after one year. In the years that followed, she seldom left her house and visitors were scarce.
The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an intense impact on her thoughts and poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and his departure gave rise to a heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson, who deeply admired him. By the 1860s, she lived in almost total physical isolation from the outside world, but actively maintained many correspondences and read widely. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.
Emily Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death is a remarkable masterpiece that exercises thought between the known and the unknown. Critics call Emily Dickinsons poem a masterpiece with strange haunting power. In Dickinsons poem, Because I could not stop for Death, there is much impression in the tone, in symbols, and in the use of imagery that exudes creativity. One might undoubtedly agree to an eerie, haunting, if not frightening, tone in Dickinsons poem. Dickinson uses controlling adjectivesslowly and passedto create a tone that seems rather placid.
For example, We slowly droveHe knew no haste; We passed the School; We passed the Setting Sun, These lines set a slow, quiet, calm, and dreamy atmosphere. One thing that impresses us, one author wrote, is the remarkable placidity, or composure, of its tone(). The tone in Dickinsons poem will put its readers ideas on a single track heading towards a boggling atmosphere. Dickinsons masterpiece lives on complex ideas that are evoked through symbols, which carry her readers through her poem. Besides the literal significance of the School, Gazing Grain, Setting Sun, and the Ringmuch is gathered to complete the poems central idea. Emily brought to light the mysteriousness of lifes cycle. Ungraspable to many, the cycle of ones life, as symbolized by Dickinson, has three stages and then a final stage of eternity.
These three stages are recognizedin the following lines: School, where children strove(9) represents childhood; Fields of Gazing Grain(11), maturity; and Setting Sun (12) old age (21). In addition to these three stages, the final stage of eternity was symbolized in the last two lines of the poem, the Horses Heads (23), leading towards Eternity (24). Dickinson expressed the progression of life with figurative symbols. Emily Dickinson dresses the scene, like many other poets such that mental pictures of sight, feeling, and sound come to life. The imagery begins the moment Dickinson invites Her reader into the Carriage. Death slowly takes the readers on a sight seeing trip where they see the stages of life.
The first site We passed was the School, where Children strove (9). Because it deals with an important symbol, the Ringthis first scene is perhaps the most important. One author noted that the children, at recess, do not play (as one would expect them to) but strive. (Monteiro 20) On this invited journey, one vividly sees the Children playing, laughing, and singing. This scene conveys deep emotions and moods through verbal pictures. The imagery in the final scene, We passed the Setting Sun, proved very emotional (12).
One can clearly picture a warm setting sun, perhaps, over a grassy horizon. Symbolically, Her tour of life was short; it was now time for Eternitydeath. The imagery in this transcendent poem shines great light on some hidden similarities of Dickinsons life and death. Eternity and Death are two important characters in Emily Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death. Agreeably, one can say that Emily Dickinsons sole purpose in this poem is to show no fear of death.
Emily Dickinsons poem, Because I could not stop for Death, will leave many readers talking for years to come. Comparison Frosts work is principally associated with the life and a love of the landscape of New England, and he was a poet of traditional verse forms. On the other hand, Dickinsons poetry reflects her loneliness and the speakers of her poems generally live in a state of want; but her poems are also marked by the intimate recollection of inspirational moments which are decidedly life-giving and suggest the possibility of future happiness Her work was heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, as well as by her Puritan upbringing and the Book of Revelation. During Frosts life he was not a regional or minor poet; he was a well-known and respected celebrity, but Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly enclosed poems in letters to friends, but she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. He is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken; yet she broke the mold of a modern poets style.
They both admired and studied many famous poets. Regardless of the differences and similarities, the two poets are now connected by the distinguished place they hold as the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice. Bibliography Monteiro, George. Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death. Explicator. v46n3.
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