Robert Frost continues to hold a unique and almost isolated position in American letters. Taking his symbols from the public domain, Frost developed, as many critics note, an original, modern idiom and a sense of directness and economy that reflect the imagism of Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell.
It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a loneliness. It is never a thought to begin with. It is at its best when it is a tantalizing vagueness. Waggoner observed, Frost also upheld T. Most of my ideas occur in verse.
To be too subjective with what an artist has managed to make objective is to come on him presumptuously and render ungraceful what he in pain of his life had faith he had made graceful. At the same time, his adherence to meter, line length, and rhyme scheme was not an arbitrary choice. Drawing his language primarily from the vernacular, he avoided artificial poetic diction by employing the accent of a soft-spoken New Englander.
Frost has reproduced both people and scenery with a vividness which is extraordinary. He stays as clear of religion and mysticism as he does of politics. To critic M.
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Yet, just as Frost is aware of the distances between one man and another, so he is also always aware of the distinction, the ultimate separateness, of nature and man. His is still the modern mind in search of its own meaning. As Frost portrays him, man might be alone in an ultimately indifferent universe, but he may nevertheless look to the natural world for metaphors of his own condition.
Thus, in his search for meaning in the modern world, Frost focuses on those moments when the seen and the unseen, the tangible and the spiritual intersect. John T. Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another. Unless you are at home in the metaphor, unless you have had your proper poetical education in the metaphor, you are not safe anywhere. Poets lend voices to current events and elections as they critique and defend the social and political issues of their day.
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