If possible try to explain in your own words what you understand by this statement. Can you give an example of poem you have read that does just this?

A tradition and experimentalist poet such as Robert Frost clarifies the affect poems have on individual’s thoughts and feelings. “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom..” (Frost) hones in on the opportunity displayed in the word choice, structure, rhyme scheme and comparatively the newfound knowledge an individual can acquire which may, in turn, change their opinion completely or add to the beliefs they already possess.

A poem, which expresses the idea of delight into wisdom, is Neither Out Far Nor In Deep’. Frost eludes to in the first stanza an image of society turning their back on the land and is fixated on the see, All turn and look one way”. The third stanza suggests that they aren’t turning their backs on the land but instead are searching for the truth, which they believe to find in the unchanging ocean. “The land may vary more; But wherever the truth may be- the water come ashore, And the people look at the sea.” The motif of the ocean portrays the repetition in its movement and as a result, is more subject to change. The people on the beach are representatives of individuals who can’t help searching for answers that are hard to attain, however, they choose an unlikely source such as the mysterious ocean. What I personally get out of this poem is that we understand that of the human experience, literature changes the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves especially with the help of the unbiased ocean.


“Robert Frost.” 2017, http://williambertrand.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/RobertFrost.jpg.

Neither Out Far Nor In Deep – Robert Frost

Norton Anthology Volume D (Page 247)



6 thoughts on “#6 Robert Frost

  1. Hey Annaliese, another great entry! I felt you really engaged with the question well and interacted with the texts to an amazing degree – your involvement of so many of Robert Frost’s poems really shows your appreciation for his works! Having the quotes in blue text was an interesting choice, but I appreciated it because it made it easier to acknowledge what was Frost’s works or not. I do feel you could perhaps use a few less commas – it makes your sentences flow more cohesively and feel more natural, but this is more of a personal preference. I look forward to further blogs! 🙂

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  2. Hey Annaliese, what a great entry! Your post was engaging and informative as it explores Frost’s writings on individual “thoughts” and “feelings”. You have simplistically explained how his poems contain “word choice, structure, rhyme schemes” that assist his poems to explain how new thoughts and emotions can shape new perspectives and understanding. It is good that you also included your personal opinion as this adds more depth to your analysis. The only thing that I would suggest is that you included some more textual references to strengthen your argument. However, this was a really strong post and I look forward to reading more from you! 🙂

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