An analysis of Robert Frost's Poetry
Robert Frost was a master at creating serious poems. Robert Frost created these somber poems through the use of two elements: imagery and tone. Frost uses imagery and tone by implementing dark words to create sad and foreboding scenes in the readers mind. An analysis of Robert Frost's poems reveals that he creates a somber mood through his use of imagery and tone.
Robert Frost uses imagery to create a somber mood in his poems. When Frost creates a poem, he typically uses words that have dark meanings to describe the scenes of his poem. A good example would come from his poem “Ghost House”:
I dwell with a strangely aching heart
In that vanished abode there far apart
On that disused and forgotten road
That has no dust-bath now for the toad.
Night comes; the black bats tumble and dart. ("Poem Hunter")
Here, Frost uses words like “disused”, “forgotten”, and “aching heart” to create imagery of a sad and depressing scene. The word disused and forgotten is applied to the road, making it appear ragged, old, and in disrepair. The speaker describes himself as having an aching heart where he is dwelling, telling the reader that he is strangely sad, but not exactly knowing why. Whereas the first example shows how Robert Frost uses imagery of sight to create a desired effect, he also uses auditory imagery. In the poem “Acquainted with the Night”, it is best shown here:
I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say good-bye. ("Poem Hunter")
In this excerpt, Frost uses phrases like “an interrupted cry” to generate specific imagery. This specific imagery creates a scene of the speaker walking down an alley at night and hearing a scream that is...