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Desert Places

Robert Frost

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desert places
2002-03-02
Added by: jock strap
frost's preoccupation with inner and outer weather is reflected in the emptiness and loneliness of the winter scene around him. we see the contrast between the stereotypical "desert", usually associated with extreme heat, and the man who is toiling with his own extremely troubled inner desert.
heather asked the question, "who is frost referring to when he uses "they cannot scare me with their empty spaces"." frost is personifying the barren landscape surrounding him, which one could refer to as mother nature. the classical elements (earth, wind e.t.c), as a collective could be seen as the combined force, "they", that is trying in a sense to scare him, but to no avail. This indignant cry of refusal to recognise the power of the natural elements, is similar to the statement King Leare (shakespeare) makes when "the storm is upon him". He shouts to the heavens "Pour on foul weather", signifying that the weather that "the heavens" provide is minor compared to that of the weather inside his heart. so heather, does that answer your inquiry?
2002-04-04
Added by: bazza panayi
Doesnt it mean desert as in deserted. Wouldn't that more reflect on the emptiness that is in the poem
2002-06-03
Added by: Rao
I believe that the loneliness felt in winter, the loneiness that is in the interstellar spaces, and the loneliness that is on stars where no human race is, not as lonely as the loneliness felt within. I think thats what Frost expresses, hope I am right.
What is "it"
2002-06-03
Added by: Daniel
What is this "it" that Frost says in "The woods around IT have IT - IT is theirs.
Very relevant today...
2002-06-11
Added by: Scott Whitlock
I love this poem, and have loved it since I read it the first time. Frost takes his brilliant nature observation, this beautiful landscape that seems to reinforce that all is right in heaven and earth, and just blows your head off with that last stanza. I read this poem, today, nine months to the day after buildings fell and reading that space is so big and empty and that we may or may not be alone, and it speaks to my soul. It is that universal loneliness, that feeling that everything we do we surround in hubris but in the end may turn out to be meaningless that makes the poem timeless relevant. Frost outdid himself with this one.
2002-06-24
Added by: Leslie
Frost is truly a master of cadence. If you read this poem aloud, you can hear the rhythm to it. There is music in his words. Even the meaning of a particular line is emphasized by unstressed syllables, making us feel the emptyness. If marked out, the unstressed syllables even take on a visual flatness. Try it.
2002-07-09
Added by: Annwn
This poem really speaks on Frost's own inner depression and loneliness. I think it speaks of more then just lonliness but also the coldness in our hearts that get us consumed by the loneliness. "I am to absent-spirited to count; The loneliness includes me unawares." and "With no expression, nothing to express." His poem though very beautifull leaves a deep painfull feeling with the reader.
desert places
2003-03-30
Added by: Renata
i know that this poem talks about a desert being a barren desolate place but it can also be a state of mind and this poem talk about his reaction to winter and it makes him lonely. Frost feels deserted like a desert, when all the animals are sleeping. He feels that all places have loneliness but he can't be "scared" by them because his loneliness is greated then any of theirs. I think the it he talks about is loneliness. And the things is feel are the emotions winter stirs in him
Desert Places
2006-10-05
Added by: Kate
The line "they cannot scare me with their empty spaces" may be referring to the Fascists forces that were considered a real threat at the time this poem was written.

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