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To Earthward by Robert Frost E-mail lets just say Im an AP students with an A- in the course English IV AP February 2000 To Earthward Robert Frosts To Earthward is an intimate lyric in which an old man reflects upon his passionate experiences with love as a youth and the lack of such experiences in his old age Through diction imagery and structure the tone of the speaker changes from one of gentle nostalgia to resentment toward the ephemeral nature of love The entire poem which consists of eight quatrains adheres to a structure of six syllables in the first three lines of a quatrain and four syllables in the last line Also throughout the colloquial piece are external rhymes which are sometimes imperfect but are used to keep the steady rhythm This use of diction and structure makes the poem seem more universal The speakers situation is one that we all will experience someday Alliteration is for emphasize in bitter bark And burning clove 23-24 and stiff and sore and scarred 25 The alliteration of harsh B and blunt S sounds accentuate the speakers discontent with the dispassionate state of his current way of life In the first four quatrains the speaker is reminiscing about his experiences with love in his youth He recalls how little it took to enchant him and that love at the lips was touch as sweet as I could bear 1-2 for in his youth love had seemed extremely intense Vivid descriptions create a vibrant and fragrant image of his early love as a musk From hidden grapevine springs Downhill at dusk 6-8 that made him feel as though he would swirl and ache From sprays of honeysuckle That when theyre gathered shake Dew on the knuckle 9-12 But the image of a rose petal that stings in lines 15-16 begins the speakers diversion toward resentment He implies that the joyful aspects of love are so intense
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