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Robert Frost

A famous poet, Robert Frost read a poem at John F. Kennedy's Presidential Inauguration.

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What did Robert Frost mean by the quote We dance round in a ring and suppose But the Secret sits in the middle and knows?

We dance around/spin our wheels/go in circles 'supposing', without really knowing what something/someone is about, and ultimately continue going in circles. But if we actually stopped/left the circle/ got off the merry-go-round and took the time to look inward (the secret lies within [the circle]) and reflect, we would have a better chance of figuring it (the secret) out. The secret lies within (the circle). It's just sitting there...knowing... and waiting to be discovered. Kind of the same, but opposite from looking within, is the old adage of 'seeing the forest through the trees', only in this way you are removing yourself from being too close to a situation in order to finally figure something out. Another one I like is the idea of simply 'letting go'... Many times it takes surrendering and letting go so that the 'something can unfold'... then you can finally figure it out.

Additionally:Be careful not to confuse the poet with the message of the poem. Often the poet is little more than the conduit, the vehicle by which the poem comes into existence. Sometimes the poem is the voice of the poet, but not always, and in the case of Frost, it could go either way. Frost writes on a much deeper level, although he is very often inspired by very real, tangible things. Look first at the simple things in Frost's work before you go deeper. Sometimes there is an elephant in the room, sometimes right there in the middle of the ring.

Sorry for the mixed metaphors; I just couldn't resist.

"Dancing" refers to thinking and figuring out. The secret, or mystery, can't be

figured out or approached by thinking. Who are you between thoughts?

Did Robert Frost's childhood affect his poems?

To the extent that incidents and people from his childhood turned up in many of his poems.

What is the metaphor of the road not taken by Robert Frost?

The metaphor for The Road Not Taken is the entire poem! The entire poem, depending on one's situation and/or opinion, can symbolize non-conformist ideas or views and the positive outcome and satisfaction felt when diverting from a path so many people have taken to just to get the same result

What does Robert frosts poem nothing can stay gold forever mean?

Robert Frost's poem "Nothing can stay gold" means that nothing stays the same; that everything changes for a reason, that holding time isn't worth to keep.That savoring the perfect moments can't remain the same unless you let go.

The important lesson in this poem represents that no matter what you do, even if you flip the world upside down, time is always ruling our life cycles.

What is the theme of Stopping by woods on a snowy evening?

The theme of "Stopping by Woods On A Snowy Evening" is obviously not a definite one. It is, moreover, the usage of simplicity at its best, insofar one can enjoy the superficial provocation. Deeper meaning can be drawn from the poem, and the beauty of the initial piece is that you can draw the deeper meaning from it. One goes through the poem, seemingly understanding the implications, but then you get to the last two lines: "And miles to go before I sleep/ And miles to go before I sleep" then you think to yourself that there is a deeper meaning. It makes you think of how things must be completed before the man's death (implied by sleep). You then go through the poem again, seeking the deeper meaning with a newfound curiousity and if you look hard enough, you'll find it: be it something plausibly visible to all or something one applies (or conjures and relates to) his or her personal lives.

In the modern world, man is left with no time to enjoy the breathtaking beauties of nature. Nature presents man with a multitude of her creations, the enjoying of which will relieve him of his tedious daily care and anxiety. It is when they are enjoyed to the fill by somebody that a creator of beautiful things gets his relish. At the same time, even if he decides, a man now cannot spend too much time for enjoying the beauties of nature. In the past he certainly could, as Time was cosmic when there was only dawn, noon and dusk. But now time is machine-made and measured in seconds. He has so many duties to perform, besides. So singing the following lines, withdrawing his mind from those scenic beauties for the time being, the dutiful poet resumes his journey, leaving the snow-filling forest behind him to be enjoyed some other time :

The woods are lovely dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep

Meaning behind House fear Robert Frost?

the meaning behind this poem is that they are scared of leaving their house because they might get burgled so they lock up the whole house and by the last line they mean that they can only unlock the house and feel at ease when they are home and safe (with the light on)

What is the mood in the road not taken?

The whole poem implies about decision-making. Roads symbolize the path we are facing, it is our path of destiny. Whatever road that we'll be choosing, it will lead to out future. The bottom line is, always face the challenges in life.

Why did Robert Frost start writing poems?

He wanted to express his emotions from his childhood/home town. As you can see he writes a lot about nature and beauty. New England is the background or inspiratio for much of his poetry.

Is there an Analysis of the poem water by Robert Lowell?

there is one idea that it is literally himself describing an old town where himself and a companion (probably female) used to visit/ live. They used to visit the place where they could look across the sea to the weir "matchstick". He remembers this relationship and how it failed in the last stanza.

however, I think that the correct and more insightful analysis would be that it is talking about a relationship the whole way through (especially the 4th-6th stanzas.

Remember? We sat on a slab of rock.

>From this distance in time

it seems the color

of iris, rotting and turning purpler,

This stanza shows how looking back at a relationship can seem beautiful or appear poisonous and decaying. How time distorts your memories.

but it was only

the usual gray rock

turning the usual green

when drenched by the sea.

This shows that at the time both lovers thought that this was real and fantastic however looking back it was average and "usual".

The sea drenched the rock

at our feet all day,

and kept tearing away

flake after flake.

I am not sure about this but think that the sea represents the tears or hurt and suspicion in the end of a relationship and how this erroded the trust and stabilty of the love gradually.

There are many other forms of analysis for individual language etc but this is overall the best I could think of. I think that it is a very hard poem to analyse.

When did Robert frost write out out?

The poem was written in 1916 and is based on the death of Raymond Fitzgerald, the son of a friend of Frost's, who died in the same way the little boy did in the poem.

What are some critiques of 'A Minor Bird' by Robert Frost?

A Minor BirdIn this poem Robert frost is sad, he doesn't want to be near happy things, such as a singing bird (Misery loves company) and it seems as though his depression is unfounded- he cannot find the source of his melancholy and ends the poem questioning his sanity:

'And of course there must be something wrong , in wanting to silence any song.'

Below is the full poem:

A Minor Bird

I have wished a bird would fly away,

And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door

When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.

The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong

In wanting to silence any song.

~This poem can be understood in two ways..one way is to absorb it's literal meaning where a person cannot tolerate the beauty of nature. But if we can view this in a serious angle, we can actually compare it's meaning to actual life; reality. Obsessed with their personal lives they forget the true essence of humanity. How people have become selfish as to, they have come to a state where they find it hard to endure activities of one another. Robert Frost has been able to help the reader illustrate a clear image in their minds about how vicious the clamors of humanity are.

How does a frost boss frost machinework?

it doesn't

the four blade fans are renowned for flying apart at the gearbox because they don't incorporate a teeter hub

A frost fan works by bringing down the inversion layer and mixing it with the cold air down below

look at Defender or Orchard-rite for the reliable options

What does Robert frost's poem a dream pang mean?

he is missing the love of his life, and wants her back

Why did Robert Hayden write the poem those winter Sundays?

Robert Hayden wrote this poem, to show the regret he has after all these years that he thought his father hated him, just because he was stern. Now Robert feels complex feelings, he feels regret, shame and probably annoyance because he refused to accept the fact the his father was stern and that he tried to raise him up in a stern manner, where as he would also feel thankful because he now sees why his father brought him up this way, Robert is now a well-known poet and all thanks to his father, who I think inspired him to write this poem.

And also he has reached a particular time in his life when he is writing about his past maybe to warn people not to act harshful towards his father, as they would grow to feel regret!

What does the poem acceptance by Robert Frost mean?

It means that we should accept things because theres nothing we can do