Analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places Essay
1236 Words5 Pages
Analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places
Robert Frost's 'Desert Places' is a testament to the harrowing nature of solidarity. By subjecting the narrator to the final moments of daylight on a snowy evening, an understanding about the nature of blank spaces and emptiness becomes guratively illuminated. The poem's loneliness has the ability to transcend nature and drill a hole through the mind of the narrator so that all hope for relationships with man and nature are abandoned.
In the first stanza, ?snow? and ?night? are juxtaposed to create a sense of loneliness and emptiness. Meaning is derived from the effects they have on their surroundings and on the narrator. Here, snow has the qualities of an arid and…show more content…
The dramatic realization of the absence of objects during the brief moments of sunset on a snowy evening comes fast under the scrutiny of the narrator, and profound implications for him/her about the desolate nature of his/her own loneliness and place in the world, as the passage of time puts his/her place into perspective. The time and speed at which the surroundings becomes enveloped becomes instrumental to the desolation resented throughout the poem. Had the evening been observed earlier in the day, the finality of the blankness would have been cancelled out by more vivid visualizations about the shape of the leaves, colors illuminated in the light, and numbers of specific animals scurrying about in the open field. However, the simplistic nature of the language presents no comfort or description by its dry context. The narrator speaks of ?empty spaces? (13) paralleled with the dry nature of the language to create the loneliness of the poem. Alone with his/her thoughts, the narrator focuses on how the nothingness affects his/her view of the world. Nature is represented as the creative force that breeds the nothingness. The poem indicates, ?The woods around it have it?it is theirs./ All animals are smothered in their lairs? (5-
6). The emptiness belongs to nature, because nature itself is its creator. Again, no particular animal is
Show MoreRobert Frost (1874- 1963). Robert Frost “was the most widely admired and highly honoured American poet of the 20th century (Eiermann).” Robert Frost was raised in rural New England where he grew a fond love for the outdoors and nature (Merriman). His love with nature elements has probably overwhelmed him so much that it has been reflected upon in many of his poems such as “The Tuft of Flowers,” “Reluctance,” and “Birches.” One of the nature imageries that have been used frequently by Robert Frost is the snow imagery. Although the snow imagery appears in many other poems by Frost we will be dealing with the poems “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Even though “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy…show more content…
The whiteness of the field creates an open, desolate, empty space that further enhances the poem’s mood of emptiness and loneliness for the reason because the field is now blank and empty and is smothered by loneliness. The speaker sees that the field has been taken over with emptiness and that the snow has left it “with no expression, nothing to express (Frost, Desert., line 12)” and the speaker becomes “absent spirited (Frost, Desert., line 7)”. The snowy imagery in the field of the poem establishes the mood of desolation and lonesomeness.
In the other hand, the snow imagery in Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” conveys a completely different mood from the mood in “Desert Places.” The snow imagery in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” conveys the feeling of welcome, calm seclusion, and mysteriousness. The speaker of the poem arrives near the woods where he is lured to stop “to watch (his) (the) woods fill up with snow (Frost, Stopping., line 4)”. The speaker knows that they are not supposed to be there. His horse also knows that they aren’t supposed to be there, “he gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake (Frost, Stopping., line 9-10)” for he knows that the woods is not their final destination. The fact that it is “the darkest evening of the year (Frost. Stopping., line 7)” it should alarm the speaker out of his trance with the snow but the speaker is fully mesmerized by the