The speaker of the poem also says that he is not planning on staying in the woods. To help you understand this poem, it is important to learn how to read poetry. Initially the poem seems to have a motivational tone to it, but after reading and thinking on it, it magnifies the fear most people have when it is time to make a decision; afraid of making the wrong decision and having to live with that decision. Frost uses projection to express his own sense of entrapment and suffocation. Those feelings may be from his own personal life, or they can be from a relationship at that moment of his life. The speaker feels that the moon is too far away, again pointing out the loneliness that he is feeling, along with a lack of connection with anyone. If the person is happy, they would have a different perspective and describe a beautiful place.
He has dumped his long-time girlfriend, Cheryl, and alienated his brother, Evan. This is why sometimes they can see a scene, or even a landscape different from the others with a different meaning. In the fourth stanza, loneliness is represented by the mounting snow. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. But existing alongside this world is also another world of noise, people and social obligations. Note that appall has as its root a latin word which means 'to pale.
Does it mean that the speaker does not matter? Spider, moth and flower are seen as the three ingredients of a witches' broth. By first impression, it seems to be a simplistic idealist image of nature. All animals are smothered in their lairs. By subjecting the narrator to the final moments of daylight on a snowy evening, an understanding about the nature of blank spaces and emptiness becomes guratively illuminated. The very title is suggestive of a mood of emptiness.
The speaker has walked to places where there's complete darkness, lost in his own thoughts. Frost uses 'them' as recurrent motif throughout this poem, this may be the society he can't relate to, hence the white and snow being a suffication he sees on people around him due to social pressures. Isolation Frost marveled at the contrast between the human capacity to connect with one another and to experience feelings of profound isolation. He has looked into the field with the time moving. He refers to it as desert places because it is dry and barren of any emotion, such as a desert is to water and life.
When a person is depressed and sad they do not really care too much about the world and often do not try to see the beauty in nature because to them the beauty does not really matter. Frost does not have a very straight forward writing about what is going on but he puts some hints in the poem to give us an idea of what could be going on. All animals are smothered in their lairs. Most avoid understanding their position by digging within themselves and hibernating from reality. The animals have nothing to worry about. This is a mere snapshot…a millisecond; one can almost see individual snowflakes wafting downward in the moonlight. They are the special elements writers use to transmit what they are thinking or feeling in a specific moment of their lives.
When the last stanza comes along the reader then finds out that the poem is for sure about the author's own solitude and loneliness. A small time farmer builds a vegetable stand at the edge of the highway outside his house in the hope that passing cars would buy the produce. Like I enjoyed your explication. They are unable to sleep at night because they haven't worked during day time or because they are troubled by their new lifestyle. Design is a Petrarchan sonnet with a changed sestet. New England Long considered the quintessential regional poet, Frost uses New England as a recurring setting throughout his work.
This poem is about fear. The title desert places is appropriate for the lyric poem. Posted on 2008-08-03 by a guest. The woods around it have it — it is theirs. Had the evening been observed earlier in the day, the finality of the blankness would have been cancelled out by more vivid visualizations about the shape of the leaves, colors illuminated in the light, and numbers of specific animals scurrying about in the open field.
The speaker wished the cry could have been someone calling him to come back home, or someone calling out, saying a goodbye till they met again. The passage of time and the loss of family, friends, loved ones that carries each of us closer to our own deaths? The farmer tells the rich travelers to keep their money if they meant to be mean and that the hurt to the view is not as important as the sorrow he feels on being ignored. Birds provide a voice for the natural world to communicate with humans. Anyway, you can see that I have thought often and long upon this…. The last stanza is trying to say that he knows that the physical world out there cannot scare him, cannot fool him.
He was very much disheartened to be able to count the number of these animals. Frost uses snow and desert in the same way in this poem because they both seem to cover up the colors and the beauty of nature. Stories written can be a reflection of their own lives, because they are human beings, and they suffer too. In order to find their destiny they have to fight against all different obstacles in life to continue living. He realizes that the bends are actually caused by ice storms - the weight of the ice on the branches forces them to bend toward the ground - but … he prefers his idea of the boy swinging on the branches, climbing up the tree trunks and swinging from side to side, from earth up to heaven. I commend you and urge you to continue your efforts in your study of letters.
I would like to critique some of the comments that have been posted by previous readers, only in the spirit of discussion and interllectual engagement. It can be the place with one's self. What but design of darkness to appall? It doesn't mean one place or a physical place. Snow is metaphorically used to represent death as it prevents nature from being exposed. Depression is a common topic, and readers can identify with it.