Essay about Robert Frost and E.E. Cumings

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Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings
Poetry is considered to be a representational text in which one explores ideas by using symbols. Poetry can be interpreted many different ways and is even harder to interpret when the original author has come and gone. Poetry is an incredible form of literature because the way it has the ability to use the reader as part of its own power. In other words, poetry uses the feelings and past experiences of the reader to interpret things differently from one to another, sometimes not even by choice of the author. Two famous poets come to mind to anybody who has ever been in an English class, Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings. Both of these poets have had numerous famous pieces due to the fact that they both
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A fork in the road is a world known metaphor for a tough decision and how it may alter the direction of your life. Not only is the fork in the road a metaphor but almost everything mentioned related to a physical thing or place is referring to a symbol. An example, the yellow wood is in place for the unknown and the life that the choice will lead you to. Or even, “in leaves no step had trodden black./Oh, I marked the first for another day” (12-13). This part represents the others, who have chosen this path, but each decision left a different impression, never the same footprint was made twice, and even the footprint you leave will be in a different spot. Cummings’ poem is full of symbols as well, mainly the characters. The characters are symbols themselves, in other words, the main characters anyone and noone have double meanings. Anyone is a man but also stands for the actual meaning of anyone, and same goes for his wife noone. Cummings presents an important double meaning, “that noone loved him more by more” (12). This could mean that the wife loved him more and more, or could possibly stand for the fact that people are self absorbent and isolated from one another loving anyone less and less as time goes by and as the seasons change: one day anyone died I guess (and noone stooped too kiss his face) busy folk buried them side-by-side little by little and was by was

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