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Robert Frost A True Hero of Our Age Robert Lee Frost one of Americas leading Twentieth century poets and a four time Pulitzer Prize winner was born in San Francisco in March of 1874 Although born on the West Coast he is usually associated with New England in his poetry He is a Brilliant writer whose works traditional and universal His lifes ambition was to write a few poems that will be hard to get rid of and it is quite obvious that he was successful in achieving that goal Three of Frosts obsessive themes those of isolation of extinction and of final limitations of man are explored widely and explicitly in his poems The isolation of the individual is apparent in the poem Mending Wall in which Frosts illustrates mans necessity for barriers to isolate themselves from their fellow men whereas in Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening the persona himself wishes to be isolated In After Apple-Picking Frosts questions the possibility of extinction of the soul when ones mortal body becomes extinct While in Fire and Ice Frosts looks at the ways in which humans can eliminate themselves because of the extremities of their uncontrollable emotions The final limitations of man is presented and assessed in the poem The road not taken Mending Wall questions the necessity for human isolation Walls whether physical or psychological represent isolation and imprisonment In Mending Wall we find the persona interrogating his neighbour as to whether a wall is necessary between them If I could put a notion in his head Frost in this poem uses a simple rural activity that is the mending of a wall to conjure a much more universal theme that is isolation The persona ponders at the fact why man can not live without walls boundaries limits and particularly self-limitations There where it is We do not need a wall Isolation of the
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