The Pastoral Art Of Robert Frost Essay

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Imagery is the use of figurative language that creates vivid mental pictures and sensations in the reader 's mind. Authors use it to add depth to their work and connect with their audience. Poems rich in imagery fundamentally speak to the senses and Robert Frost’s nature poetry specifically uses the technique well. While Robert Frost himself often denied he was a “nature” poet: "I am not a nature poet. There is almost always a person in my poems" (Fagan), undoubtedly his best-known works are his many nature-based poems. In his book, The Pastoral Art of Robert Frost, author John F. Lynen writes, “Frost sees in nature a symbol of man’s relation to the world” (146). In three of his poems, “Mowing,” “Birches,” and “After Apple-Picking,” Frost offers his interpretation of the relationship of man and nature using the senses of sound, sight, and touch.
In the poem, “Mowing,” Frost utilizes what he calls “sound of sense” technique to construct an auditory awareness of the subject (Frost Letters). He describes the sound of the scythe moving through the grass as a whisper. Using the word “whisper” personifies the scythe, making it almost human as it moves across the grass. Frost also makes the absence of sound significant to intensify the sound of the whisper: “and that was why it whispered and did not speak” (6). The rhythm (the sound) of the poem ties the whisper of the scythe to the making of hay and offers the reader “a renewal of primary experience, a relatedness to…

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