Robert Frost’s Anthology of Poems

Robert Frost’s “new enlarged anthology” is one of my favorite books of poetry. My mom used to read it to me before bed when I was a wee tot. It has a variety of poems, from “Blueberries” to “A Disused Graveyard.” My favorites, though, are “A Road Less Traveled” and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Some of the themes that are repeated throughout the book are things about farms and nature, especially woods and birds. Also there are some themes like death and life. He is a very skilled writer and poet. He can make poems seem quiet, like “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” or even friendly, like “A Time to Talk.” He can make animals seem to have human characteristics, such as impatience and curiosity.One of these times is when he says “He gives his harness bells a shake, to ask if there is some mistake.” Frost is describing his horse’s questioning shake of it’s bells when he stops in some woods to admire the fresh snow.

He uses a lot of metaphors and personification in his poems. “A Road Less Travelled” is a metaphor for big decisions in life that you can’t go back and “do over.” He uses personification, for example, in his poem “A Disused Graveyard,” “So sure of death the marbles rhyme, yet can’t help marking all the time how no one dead will seem to come.”

Robert Frost’s poems are powerful. They invoke emotions that you wouldn’t have if you were reading a regular book, such as regret, sorrow, and happiness. I have to say I prefer the happy poems, as well as the funny ones, though I don’t mind a good soul-wrencher. As long as it’s good. His poems can really give you a clear image of what he’s describing, without using many words.

This is a really great book, but the language and way he says things sometimes can be confusing. For example, in “The Silken Tent” I didn’t get that he was comparing his wife to a silk tent until my mom explained it. Other than not being able to understand some of the poems, this is a great read for everybody. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the one reading it, or if you’re reading it to wee ones, it’s a great book.

 

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