Robert Frost Literary Criticism

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Robert Lee Frost as he was popularly known was a poet and playwright of American origin born on March 26th 1874. He is regarded highly for his command of American colloquial speech that gave a realistic tangible description of rural life. He was a popular and frequently quoted poet who was honored severally throughout his lifetime. He received four Pulitzer prizes for his poetry. This essay is going to take an in-depth look into Robert Frost’s Biography, poetic work, his dominant topics and themes while at the same time analyzing his involvement in literary movements. The paper will also address pieces of literary criticism related to Robert Frost in an attempt to give critical views of his contribution to literary genres of our time.
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The poems though different in context and poetic allusion they seem to be interlinked by common thematic concerns. For example, the primary theme in most of his writings is that of despair and death. In some of his poems such as “A Soldier”, “In a Disused Graveyard”, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, “Home Burial”, and “The Pasture” he has referred to death and despair in one form or another. He refers to death in “A Soldier” by the comparison of a soldier to a fallen Lance lying on the ground where it was thrown left to rust and waste away similar to a soldier’s body on the battlefield. In addition, in “A Disused Graveyard” Frost has used personification to humanize the gravestones that anticipate more dead to come.
A second theme is youth and loss of innocence. Frost imagines youth as a time of unbound freedom that is taken for granted and then lost. The poems “Birches”, “Acquainted with the Night”, “Desert Places”, and “A boundless moment” address the realities of aging and loss contrasting the carefree pleasures of youth yet to experience the harsh realities of adult experiences. Moreover, “A Boys Will” explores this theme as
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Frost explored writing styles from symbolism to metaphors to personification to convey his messages and themes. The literary movements (Modernism) that Frost engaged in included joining Ernest Hemingway, and Eliot T.S to champion for the release of Ezra Pound who had been held for treason and later released in1958. Frost also received a congressional Gold medal for his announcement in Russia that America was “too liberal to engage in

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