Analysis Of The Poem ' Desert Places ' By Robert Frost Essay

934 Words Sep 10th, 2015 4 Pages
At some point in life, every person feels a sense of loneliness, whether it be for an extended period of time or simply feeling out of place. It seems as if when one feels lonely, the world appears to reflect this discomfort too. It is easy to get in a rut of seeing only the blankness of the environment surrounding. In Robert Frost’s poem, “Desert Places”, Frost creates a winter setting that reflects the narrator’s own sense of loneliness and insignificance of individual lives. The poem begins by setting the dusk winter landscape with “snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast” (Frost 1). The entire first stanza describes the cold weather and the darkening field surrounding the narrator. It is as if the light snow and darkness of the night are working together to confuse the already lost narrator. This landscape can be tranquil and beautiful to some, but the speaker seems to find the setting less than comfortable by quickly picking out the “weeds and stubble” (Frost 4). The repetition of “falling” and “fast” combined with the alliteration of “field” gives a frantic feeling, but the soft “f” sounds are a reflection of how smoothly the snow falls (Frost1, 2). The sibilance of the “s” sound in “smooth”, “showing” and “snow” is calming to read, setting the quietness of the scene, yet the narrator sees the small imperfections surrounding him beneath the snow (Frost 3, 4). The weeds are representative of nature without humans yet man created the stubble, showing the…

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