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Robert Frost is an American poet who drew his images from the New England countryside and his language from the New England speech His poetry was mainly about the life of the rural New Englander Frosts focus was on everyday subject matters A lot of his poems were concerned with how people interact with their environment and the beauty of nature I will be analyzing some of Frosts poems including After Apple-Picking An Old Mans Winter Night The Road Not Taken Acquainted with the Night and discussing the themes apparent in eachAfter Apple-Picking describes how after a hard day of picking apples the speaker dreams of the activity but in his dreams these activities are blurred This is inferred by when he says I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight I got from looking through a pane of glass1 There seemed to be a celebration of harvest as well as a longing to escape the pain of the real world The rhythm of the poem is confusing as there is a mixing of tones and tenses that suggest some contradictory event As when he said Magnified apples appear and disappear2 then contradicts it and says Of load on load of apples coming in3 This rhythm also suggests repetitive toil and drained energyThe theme of nature is obvious in this poem The speaker seemed to cherish the moments spent on apple picking but is now too tired to continue There seemed to be a sense of him wanting to melt into the nothingness of death The speaker becomes both mentally and physically exhausted as the apples are gathered For I have had too much of apple-picking I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired4 This again brings out Frosts combination of pastoralhuman and poetic workAn Old Mans Winter Night speaks of an old man dying in the winter in New England alone Again in this poem we see nature standing and looking on
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