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Interpretations of Once by the Pacific It is odd how even recent history can be an obscure and tangled mess of biased opinions and here-say Yet the future can be vaguely foretold in a dark and simple poem Robert Lee Frost was no doubt a magnificent poet As the saying goes to be great is to be misunderstood His varied poetry reflected his life because he used his life as inspiration We find Frosts spectrum ranging from simple observances to profound philosophical assumptions in his personal life and American society as well Once by the Pacific could reflect upon several different things Nature is a part of nearly every one of Frosts poems He was an individualist and believed that people could have their own personal relationship with God in nature Once by the Pacific could also be interpreted as a distinct warning to society that dark times lie ahead The image in the first four lines of this poem show waves tumbling over each other almost fighting to get to shore and do something that water never did before Frost 1134 It is like a contest to see who can change or do the most destruction to the land The waves represent the people of society clawing and fighting to the best and in turn fading in self-destruction Yet they just as the shore in the poem are comforted by a sense of false security The shore was lucky in being backed by a cliff the cliff backed by a continent 1134 We as Americans are vain We feel that we are indestructible We are the superpower of the world This may be true but who shall save us from ourselves Frost wants seems to think that it is inevitable that we will self-destruct That the someone who had better be prepared for rage should read We as Americans Again it is ironic that just a year
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