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On the Dark Sides of Frost’s Poetry

Author Yu
Tutor YaoBenBiao
School Guangxi Normal University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords Frost poetry dark sides Sartre’Existentialism
CLC I712.072
Type Master's thesis
Year 2013
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As one of the most reputable poets in the United States during the20thcentury, RobertFrost is versed in writing poetry of profound meaning. In recent years, Frostian study hasaroused great attention among numerous scholars, but domestic scholars mostlyconcentrate on Frost’s poetry from the angle of versification and meter, rhetoric, sound ofsense, nature, ethics and so forth. It seems that few researchers have paid enough attentionto the dark sides in Frost’s poetry.Frost is the poet of New England country and farm life. Many of his poems depictthe country scenes in New England and seemingly simple incidents, which corresponds toFrost’s own idea that a poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. But since Frost isdeeply affected by the Existentialism, the scenery of New England in his poetry is not asexquisite and tranquil as that in Wordsworth’s, the English Romantic poet. On the contrary,the poet intends to express his hidden perception towards society and life through bleaknatural scenery. And this perception always carries a sort of darkness. The dark sides ofFrost’s poetry stems from his miserable experiences in his early years, say, the poverty oflife, the demise of relations and the twists and turns of poetic career. Later on, Frost soughta road in England where he had access to the flowering western thoughts of philosophy,Sartre’s Existentialism in particular. Deeply influenced by Existentialism, Frost wasaccustomed to conveying his dark concepts of loneliness, death and terror in his poetryvaguely, which is often overlooked.Existentialism is an abstract philosophy on life. Nevertheless, poetry is a relativelyoutward revelation of life. Thus, the author of this thesis deems, it is feasible to bring inSartre’s Existentialism to probe into the dark life philosophy in Frost’s poetry.

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