Robert Frost's Directive Essay
The speaker of "Directive" is the Robert Frost we know well. He gives us a scene that he has looked at in a way no one else does and seen things that no one else sees. The ghost town "made simple by the loss of detail" (2-3) is dazzlingly rich. If, as Frost habitually does, we were to conjure up a fully-fleshed intent behind this simple condition, perhaps we would guess that a scene of scraped land and "forty cellar holes" is more than enough grist for Frost's mill, and anything else would call for poetic fireworks that would overshadow his theme. This poem is an insightful allegory on the Grail symbol, made strange by Frost's characteristic subversive and introverted nature.
Frost offers to be our guide, …show more content…
But all this can be seen in a more positive light. Frost's "directive" is that to save yourself, you must lose yourself. It is another way of saying that you must give up everything, or forsake the world, not so crazy or singular an idea at all. The glacier-grooved ladder-like road is also like a ladder to heaven, if the Grail and New Testament references are to be taken seriously. If so, Frost is presenting salvation as a world turned upside down, again, not a