Frost utilizes imagery, metaphors, rhyme and rhythmic patters, emotionally charged diction, and sound devices to clearly and insightfully describe a typical day, seeing the beauty and complexity in simple and average events and objects. Frost utilizes imagery in his poetry in order to created a vivid image in the readers mind and have a deeper emotional connection with them. Creating a solid picture in the mind of a reader allows them to more intellectually understand deep concepts. This is true of all types of learning whether it be math, architecture, or physics.
If you give a person a diagram or picture, they grasp a concept much more efficiently. The statement, “A voice said, Look me in the stars”, in the poem “A Question” creates a defining picture of a supreme being, and creates a picture of the galaxy in the form of a person. Many people will see this beautiful collection of diction as a description of a heavenly father or mother.
The use of any imagery also entertains the senses of a reader leading to a longer lasting memory and more cognitive involvement.
In addition to imagery, Figurative language such as metaphors is a key device in Frost’s writing. Frost incorporates metaphors in his poetry to make strong comparisons to events and ideas in which the reader can relate to. Comparing complicated ideas with other similar objects or ideas gives the reader another example and thing to use as a tool of understanding. For example, “soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells” when speaking of the melting snow after the winter seguing to spring allows the reader to more easily understand Frosts vision of the melting snow.
Comparing melting snow to a creature that is shedding a shell made of crystal allows the reader to better understand what Frost means to depict. Metaphors and similes have the same effect but metaphors require a more elevated understanding of symbolism to recognize and define them. Also rhythmic patters seem to be a common and effective device in much of Frost’s poetry. Rhyme and Rhythmic patters in the poetry of Robert Frost provides a natural flow of words and contributes to the specific tone of a work to allow the reader to more easily receive the intended message.
Rhythm and rhyme are crucial to leave a lasting memory in the mind and has been proven to be cognitively helpful when memorizing things. For example, in the poem, “After Apple-Picking” Frost uses a rhyme pattern of abbacc in the first six lines, which allows things to flow and be easily recalled to memory after the fact. People enjoy reading things that rhyme; it gives them an expectation for what is to come, in addition to pulling a reader in. The ability to relay a message in iambic pentameter while incorporating a rhyme scheme is a talent and creativity unmatched by many.
Another example of rhythm and rhyme is in music. The uses of rhythm are an enormous part of why people love music and constantly listen to it. Music also leaves a lasting impression on people for years long after hearing it and allows the piece to be continuously listened to without becoming repetitive and boring. Continuing on a musical note, sound devices fill Frosts poetry and are many times hidden. My personal favorite is the use of sound devices in order to make the poem sound pleasurable to the reader and to make sounds in the diction and syntax in order to create a certain tone.
Many times Frost specific words and syntax to create a sound that contributes to his intended mood. For example, Frost will use certain words such as “through”, “two”, and “toward” with long vowels to create an emphasis tone. Also Frost will use short choppy words like “still” and “shock” to create a quicker pace in tone. The use of certain consonants and vowels cause the reader to read at different paces and concentrate on certain parts and speed through others. Another incredible tool to successful poetry is emotionally charged diction.
Frost strategically uses emotionally charged diction in order to better describe his ideas. Using diction that “packs a punch” and carries a load of emotion in it provides more energy to a phrase. The phrase, “I’ve tasted of desire” from the poem “Fire and Ice” for example. The combination of the words “tasted” and “desire” create a lustful and sinister tone in just a simple short sentence. Whether it is the emotion of happiness, fear, depression, love, or tranquility the use of specific vocabulary can create that specific tone.
Just as a motivational speaker uses strong words to inspire, Robert Frost uses strong words to inspire or express. Frost effectively uses emotionally charged diction to write incredibly powerful poems in a short amount of words. Short and simple is the most effective type of persuasion method. It ensures the reader is still engaged and does not lose interest due to an excess of length. Robert Frost effectively depicts the beauty and complicity of an average day and typical ideas by using imagery, metaphors, rhythm patterns, emotionally charged diction, and sound devices.
To effectively write poetry one or more of these devices must be used. To effectively entertain anyone or cause him or her to want to make a change, the recipient must feel some sort of emotional connection. Robert Frost uses specific wording, descriptions, and rhythms to create this effect. The fact that Frost incorporates all of these devices in his poetry makes him a profound poet and his poetry incredibly well known and successful.