Robert Frost and his Poems
Robert Frost takes our imaginations to a journey through wintertime with his two poems "Desert Places" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Frost comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful scenery that is present in that part of the country.
In the poem "Desert Places" the speaker is a man who is traveling through the countryside on a beautiful winter evening. He is surrounded with feelings of loneliness. The speaker views a snow-covered field as a deserted place. "A blanker whiteness of benighted snow/ with no expression, nothing to express". Whiteness and blankness are two key ideas in this poem. The white symbolizes open and empty spaces. The snow is a white blanket that covers up everything living and the blankness symbolizes the emptiness that the speaker feels.
To him there is nothing else around except for the unfeeling snow and his lonely thoughts.
The speaker in this poem is jealous of the woods. "The woods around it have it - it is theirs." The wood symbolizes people and society. The woods have its place in nature and it is a part of a bigger picture. The speaker is so alone inside that he feels that he is not a part of anything. Nature has a way of bringing all of her parts together to act as one.
"The loneliness includes me unawares". The speaker has lost his
enthusiasm for life. He cannot express his feelings easily because of this feeling of numbness. The speaker is also in denial about feeling alone. He is at a stage where he just does not care about too much and he is feeling a bit paranoid.
"They cannot scare me with their empty space." He is saying who...