Tragedy In A Late Walk By Robert Frost

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There is a great deal of well-known poets that lived a very tragic life. There is a great deal of depth in many people’s poems. I personally believe however that one person in particular has suffered through tragedy throughout his life, and his poems are fun to read and decipher the true complex meaning behind the words. Robert Frost is an early twentieth century American poet, who in the poem, “A Late Walk,” wrote about complex social and philosophical themes set in rural life in New England.
Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, CA to William Prescott Frost, Jr. and Isabelle Moodie. From Frost’s childhood to his adult life tragedy and mental illness would become a reoccurring thing. Due to his fathers drunkenness and brutal
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The First Stanza Frost uses a rhyming pattern of ABCB, along with an intense imagery-based style in order to portray to the reader that it is Autumn. Some of the word choices in the poem allow us to decipher the time of year at which this walk is taken. One way we know that it is in or around Autumn is the fact that the work, “Late,” is used in the title which most likely means late after summer. The first and second verse also give us a good clue as to what time period this is. As written by Robert Frost in the first 3 versus of stanza one, “When I go up through the mowing field, The headless aftermath Smooth-laid like thatch…” we can see three key word selections used by Frost in order to portray the setting. The word, “mowing” and the phrase, “…headless aftermath…” go together as back then the word mowing meant the grass was being pushed down or cut, we know that he is talking about this kind of mowing as he says that the grass had no head, in other words it was cut. What Frost writes about in the third verse only confirms this, “Smooth-laid like thatch…” clearly means that the grass has been cut and it is lying all over the ground just like the thatch of old time grass roofs. The second stanza is where the person who is walking walks into a run down garden that is just as depressing as it is pitiful. Robert Frost uses, …show more content…
I like the word choice Frost used to paint a dull and dreary setting in rural New England. The way he was able to convey how deep thoughts actually can weigh on a person’s conscious was ingenious to me. I personally believe that one’s thought can feel as if they are a weight on one’s consciousness if one is removed from distractions and allowed to go deep into thought. I believe that my experiences growing up in a rural town allow me to so easily be transported into the mindset of the person walking in this poem. I believe when analyzing this poem, one must use the historical-biographical approach to understand the place where the author lived and the time period in order to understand the double meaning of some word or phrases in the poem. My personal interpretation of this poem is it is a well-organized poem that when approached in a historical-biographical approach has a lot of meaning to it.
“A Late Walk,” wrote by the great American poet Robert Frost, is about complex social and philosophical themes set in rural life in New England. To understand this poem, you must first understand Robert Frosts constant battle with tragedy and the place he called home for many years, rural New England. This poem has a great deal of double meanings of words that give the reader an exact season and place where the poem unfolds. There is a few complex social and philosophical

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