Robert Frost is without a doubt the most well-known and popular American Poet of the twentieth Century. Whether it’s a line from one of his poems, a title, or his name itself, virtually everyone knows who he is. Frost has made huge impacts on American Literary elements and the integrity of American poets that have carried through to this day. His significance was; his original modernistic ways of writing, his depiction of nature as well as tragedy, and his well respected name. Robert Frost made an influence on American Literature because of his original modernistic ways of writing. In a sense, one could say that Frost stood at a crossroad of the nineteenth Century and modernism. This was thought because within his writing one could find many tendencies and traditions from the nineteenth century, but also many techniques from the twentieth. Taking his ideas from the public eye, Frost developed, as many critics note, an original modernism that spoke with a directness that reflected the ways of Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell. (Two other well known authors who wrote of Frost positively.)
This modernism mixed with the newly portrayed traditions of the nineteenth century abled Frost to restore the underlying sound and vocal gestures that each word made, and capture the true meaning and significance each word has to the structure and stanzas of the piece. He once said, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” Here the reader can see where he got his passion from, that the significance and emphasis he put into every word, sprouted from a deep rooted emotion. This original technique is what held his readers captivated and also influenced other authors to take the words they used and do the same. A technique that lingers to this day. Robert Frost made an influence on American Literature because of his depiction of nature as well as tragedy. Frost’s entire childhood was filled with nature and sightseeing. These mental images walked with him throughout the rest of his life, also giving him a sense of the importance of truly observing the world around him.
His sense of nature and tragedy often went hand in hand within his writing. By taking the day to day actions of the people within New Hampshire, (where he spent most of his life) he was able to capture a certain terribleness and yearning of life, that he would compensate with a detailed description of a natural disaster or just nature in general. He was able to take a simple fact, object, person, or event and transfigure it into a greater mystery or significance. For example, his poem “Birches” contains the image of slender trees bent to the ground due to a boy who liked to swing on them and also by an ice-storm. But as the poem unfolds, it becomes clear that the speaker is concerned with not only the child’s play and the ice storm, but also with the point where physical and spiritual reality meet. This technique of seeing everything with a deeper and more understanding eye, was idolized by his readers and other authors. Continuing to show in different writings today, and giving Frost another literary significance. Robert Frost has made an influence on the history of American literature because of his well respected name.
Throughout Frost’s career as a poet he was able to meet various big names. For example, one of his biggest accomplishments was reading at J.F.K’s inauguration. To get to that point in his career, he had to take his ability and build on it, make it worth something, work hard, and give the people of America someone to idolize. And he did. He may not have been a philanthropist, but what he did was take the common events life and turn them into relatable and sometimes mysterious tales of misfortune and tragedy. This tactic made him a realist and his use of nature made him an opportunist as well. To other authors his poetry was well respected, and rarely were there ever negative comments.
Another aspect idolized by authors and readers was his intelligence. Frost once said, “In three words I can sum up everything i’ve learned about life: it goes on.” This goes to show that he didn’t linger too long in the messes that he created, but left them and kept walking forward. His hard work and perseverance, along with other big names, will forever be remembered by up and coming, young authors as a reason to keep striving and to not give up. For even when the glare of the sun blinds our eyes, we can find a solution. In conclusion, Frost has made huge impacts on American Literary elements and the integrity of American poets that have carried through to this day.
His significance was; his original modernistic ways of writing, his depiction of nature as well as tragedy, and his well respected name. The history of America is an ongoing story with millions of pages lost, millions of pages written, and millions of pages to come. What’s important to remember is that even if one is not the focus of the words on the paper, everyone holds a pen in their hand, and everyone is capable of becoming part of that story. But like Mr. Robert Frost, one has build on their accomplishments, work hard, and give people a reason to stop and say, “I wish I could do that.”
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Parini, Jay. Robert Frost: A Life. New York: Henry Holt, 1999. Print.