Biography of Frost Robert
Robert was born in San Francisco in 1874. Frost Robert migrated to New England at eleven. Robert got interested in literary writing when he attended high school in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1892, Frost registered in Dartmouth College; later he joined Harvard, but never received a formal degree. Meyer viewed that Robert worked as a professional writer, educator and cobbler (6). Frost married Miriam Elinor in 1895, unfortunately his wife died in 1938. The spouse migrated to England after their farm in New Hampshire performed poorly in 1912. Frost encountered British poets such as Thomas Edward, Graves Robert and Brooke Rupert in England. Frost created friendship with poet Pound Ezra who supported him to develop his literary work. In 1915, Frost returned to America when he had already published many poems. His literary works mainly talked about life, and his writings focused to create delight in the world. “Frost was a national icon and poet laureate who taught for several years in Vermont and Massachusetts” (Meyer 7). He died in Boston, in 1963.
“The Road Not Taken”
“The road not taken” was Frost’s poem that narrated how the speaker travelled in a forest. Arriving at a junction, the speaker became anxious because once he took a path he would never come back to take another path. His decision would be final hence affect his life. Juten & Zubizarrata asserted that the poem showed, real figurative, roads on how people journeyed in life (32); the roads that people took would impact their lives. The poem talked about choice in life. Changes in life compelled the narrator to make his decision. The poem focused on the future time because life decisions would impact future moments.
Nevertheless, the difficulty was that the speaker did not know how his choices would affect his future life. Moreover, the speaker perceived that lost opportunities would still impact his life. “The narrator was in a natural world of forest during autumn; marked a metaphorical language that showed variations that influenced the narrator when making decision” (Juten & Zubizarrata 34). The speaker was journeying in the forest; unfortunately he did not know which way to follow; he had to follow any path to meet any challenge in his life. He decided to follow a path which was “less travelled”; he preferred to take a path where few people had used before. The poem represented the theme of exploration; the effective way to perceive what was ahead of life entailed walking continuously and searching for life.
“Acquainted With the Night”
“Acquainted with the night” was Frost‘s poem. “The speaker expressed his solitude life as he walked alone in a street at night” (Timmerman 12). The narrator walked through the street limits; however could not get consoled. The speaker was not willing to express his emotion when he met a watchman; he knew that the watchman would not understand him. After sometime, the speaker heard a scream; though he realized that it did not specified to him. The poem described a moment when the speaker underwent depression. Timmerman affirmed that the watchman remained a physical figure who did not perform emotional role to comfort the narrator (10). The speaker realized that the street had many people when he heard somebody screaming. His incapability to interact with people showed how he severely suffered from depression. The narrator was not capable to interact with people during daytime that was why he walked at night; was the best time when nobody would draw him out from his depression. The narrator experienced hardship in the past that resulted in depression. This poem showed how chronic depression affected peoples’ lives.
Juten, Nancy L., and Zubizarrata John, eds. The Robert Frost Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood, 2001. Print.
Meyer Michel. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2008. Print.
Timmerman, John H. Robert Frost: The Ethics of Ambiguity. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2002. Print.