There might be something He had in mind to say to a bad neighbor He might prefer to say to him disarmed. She tells him that she asked herself who this man was who was digging the grave, was-he seemed such a strange or an abnormal man to her.
The Vantage Point And again scornful, but there is no one hurt. Although Frost is especially known for his detailed descriptions of nature scenes, he grew up a city boy.
Mordecai Marcus The speaker of "Desert Places" also feels lost and tries to orient himself by the stars, but his circumstances and tone are very different. The poet is located by a quantity which appears to be exterior, the pervasive nullity of a dead universe.
Jim Daniels, May's Poem. The Poet as Regionalist.
He chafed its long white body From end to end with his rough hand shut round it. With Frost, its effect is surely known, like a cold air that steals across a face; but until the lines are deliberately dwelt upon a moment like this, we do not even think of it as an "effect," and the means that produce it remain as unshowy as the grain in the wood: Yet even if the actual composition of "Desert Places" entailed no such speedy, pell-mell onslaught of perceptions, the finished poem does indeed induce that kind of sensation.
They cannot scare me with their empty spaces because I have it in me to scare myself with my own desert places. Frost went on an excursion into the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.
Sometimes a man must cease to behave like a man with a woman in a hardy manly manner, and be sensitive enough to appreciate her feelings. He is not a man of snow because he has enough feeling to be afraid. In the years —20, —24, and — he taught his colloquial approach to language "the sound of sense" at Amherst College.
The analogy between man and nature appears operative, but the reciprocal relation is negative rather than positive; pluralistic rather than monistic; fragmented in its stress on aloneness rather than unified; deadly rather than life-supporting. We cannot be sure whether "count" is being used in its active sense to count, to tell what is happening, to reckon up woods, animals and fields or in its passive sense to be counted, to count to anything or anyone else.
I am too absent-spirited to count; The loneliness includes me unawares. Nevertheless, I liked the composition here very much. Here again we are dealing with two concepts which are related as cause and effect. On "Desert Places" Albert J. His mother was a Scottish immigrant who joined Swedenborgianism and even had Frost baptized.
I found this discussion, and then a quote from a book called 'Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Larkin, Thomas and Causley' by Rory Waterman. A Prayer in Spring He discovers that the greatness of love lies not in forward-looking thoughts; Flower-Gathering nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition.
Love and a Question He is in doubt whether to admit real trouble to a place beside the hearth with love.
Alice Childress, In the Laundry Room. Don't know whether that was because of the language barrier, or because it was poetry Here the art of the language is like the art of the French farmer in "The Ax-Helve"; what is said in that poem about the lines and grains of a hickory axe shaft applies equally to the lines of "Desert Places.
This sense is akin to if not identical with Emerson's discovery, made "too late to be helped. Von Frank The poet sees the snow and the night descending together, black and white, working together to muffle sensation and obliterate perception; yet they work against each other, paradoxically, to heighten perception.
Amy replies that he does not know how to ask it. Needlessly soon he had his ax-helves out, A quiverful to choose from, since he wished me To have the best he had, or had to spare— Not for me to ask which, when what he took Had beauties he had to point me out at length To insure their not being wasted on me.
In other words, in explaining the sense of the last stanza Brower finds an implicit "but" before the third line. The curves and grains of the first two lines of "Desert Places" are correspondingly native to living speech, without any tonal falsity. Brooks and Warren have suggested that "they" are astronomers, and, insofar as astronomers adopt an inorganic, physical, and scientific viewpoint and speak for a standard, accepted view of the universe, the suggestion is not amiss.
It is not larger than a bedroom. Baptiste on his defence about the children He kept from school, or did his best to keep - Whatever school and children and our doubts Of laid-on education had to do With the curves of his axe-helves and his having Used these unscrupulously to bring me To see for once the inside of his house.Home W H Auden’s Thoughts on Robert Frost.
W H Auden’s Thoughts on Robert Frost. December 19, martyn crucefix contemporary American poetry, Baptiste – the French-Canadian axe-maker in ‘The Axe-Helve – is such a man and also a Prospero-like artist: He showed me that the lines of a good helve.
Robert Frost Poems >> The Ax-Helve. I've known ere now an interfering branch Of alder catch my lifted ax behind me. But that was in the woods, to hold my hand From striking at another alder's roots, And that was, as I say, an alder branch.
This was a man, Baptiste, who stole one day. In what ways does ‘The Ax-Helve’ leave the reader in the dark? 3. In an interview ina year before ‘The Ax-Helve’ was published, Frost said: You know the Canadian woodchoppers whittle their ax-handles, following the curve of the grain, and they’re strong and beautiful.
Art should follow lines in nature, like the grain of an ax-handle. Here the art of the language is like the art of the French farmer in "The Ax-Helve"; what is said in that poem about the lines and grains of a hickory axe shaft applies equally to the lines of "Desert Places.".
New Hampshire Robert Frost. The Ax Helve Lyrics. 7. The Grindstone Lyrics. 8. Paul's Wife About “New Hampshire” “New Hampshire” Q&A. Robert Frost, who was born in March 26was a writer of traditional aspects portraying his life and his view of nature Frost was a person of form, he always played .Download