The poems of Robert Frost, such as "Mending Wall" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," appear to be simple and easy to read. Frost used ordinary language in describing the doubt and uncertainty that come in everyday life. These feelings link him to the modern world, despite his use of traditional poetic style and forms.
Many of Frost's poems can be identified with New England, particularly Vermont and New Hampshire. They contain subject matter on the region's landscapes, folklore, and the people's speech. Classical poets had influenced him very much. Even though he tended to restrict himself to the scenes of New England, the moods in his poetry have a great deal of variety. One can see a philosopher in one poem, terror and tragedy of life in another, and threatening parts of nature in still others.
Frost puts people and nature side by side.
However, there is a distinction between his themes and those of the poets before him. The romantic poets of the 1800's believed people and nature could live in harmony. To Frost, people and nature have a different purpose and are not the same. He believes people's best chance for peace comes not from understanding nature, but from working productively amid the forces of nature.
No literary figure has been more closely identified with our heritage than Robert Frost. No matter what he is describing, he conveys a special feeling of some intensity. He has a special gift of making what is personal to him personal to others. Robert Frost did not want to call himself a poet during his life time, insisting "It's for the world to say whether you're a poet or not." People across the world will not forget him for his unique and unusual poetic...