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Robert Frost is often referred to as a poet of nature Words and phrases such as fire and ice flowers in bloom apple orchards and rolling hills are all important elements of Frosts work Remove them and something more than symbols are taken away These benign objects provide an alternative way to look at the world and are often used as metaphors to describe a darker view of nature and humans In Frosts poetry the depth is as important as the surface The darker aspects of Frosts poetry are often portrayed through the use of symbolism vivid imagery and selective word choiceFrosts poems appear to be simple on the surface yet upon further scrutiny the poems reveal themselves as elusive Frost utilizes ordinary objects to create a deeper meaning For example the poem Mending Wall appears to be about the differences between two neighbors and their ideas on rebuilding a wall On the other hand the wall may be viewed in a more general sense as a symbol to represent all the antagonistic or mistrustful barriers that divide man from man The gaps I mean No one has seen them made or heard them made But at spring mending-time we find them there lines 9-11 illustrates the point that people become separated without even realizing it because we become so caught up in what is happening in our own lives The darkness held within the afore mentioned quotation is the feeling of sadness The fact that we do not take notice of one another creates a place that becomes more and more divided by differences Likewise the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay seems to represent the change of seasons But further analysis reveals that the speaker is also paralleling the cycles of life with the change in seasons So dawn goes down to day 7 illustrates that in life as in nature golden moments fade away Then leaf subsides to leaf 5 implies
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