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Poems By Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken, Fragmentary Blue, In A Disused Graveyard &The Aim

Robert Frost, a renowned American poet, gained recognition for his ability to capture the intricate nature of society and philosophy through his poetic works. Today we shared the following poems: The Road Not Taken, Fragmentary Blue, In A Disused Graveyard & The Aim Was Song.



The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Fragmentary Blue


Why make so much of fragmentary blue

in here and there a bird, or butterfly,

Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,

When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?


Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)-

Though some savants make earth include the sky;

And blue so far above us comes so high,

It only gives our wish for blue a whet.



In A Disused Graveyard


The living come with grassy tread

To read the gravestones on the hill;

The graveyard draws the living still,

But never anymore the dead.


The verses in it say and say:

"The ones who living come today

To read the stones and go away

Tomorrow dead will come to stay."


So sure of death the marbles rhyme,

Yet can't help marking all the time

How no one dead will seem to come.

What is it men are shrinking from?


It would be easy to be clever

And tell the stones: Men hate to die

And have stopped dying now forever.

I think they would believe the lie.



The Aim Was Song


Before man came to blow right

The wind once blew itself untaught,

And did it's loudest day and night

In any rough place where it caught


Man came to tell it what was wrong:

It hadn't found the place to blow;

It blew too hard-the aim was song.

And listen-how it ought to go!


He took a little in his mouth,

And held it long enough to north

To be converted into south,

And then by measure blew it forth.


By measure. It was word and note,

The wind the wind had meant to be-

A little through the lips and throat.

The aim was song-the wind could see.


Read bio about Poet-Robert Frost


Critical Analysis


Robert Frost was an American poet who was known for his realistic depictions of rural life so we can understand why he authored "Fragmentary Blue".


It is often overlooked that Robert Frost's renowned poem, "The Road Not Taken," is indeed a work of poetry due to its widespread familiarity. Nevertheless, it remains a beloved piece, with Frost's timeless verses continuing to captivate readers. However, despite its popularity, the majority of individuals misinterpret the poem. The narrator's selection of which path to follow symbolizes the various choices we encounter in life and the profound impact they can have on our future.


Frost skillfully employs various literary devices to enhance the poem's accessibility. In this particular piece, Frost effectively captures a relatable real-life scenario by presenting a dilemma centered around decision-making. The poem commences with the depiction of two roads, both adorned with fallen leaves. Although both paths seem equally worn, Frost finds himself unable to determine which one is superior. He articulates his thought process by expressing his inclination to preserve the first path for another occasion. However, he undergoes a change of heart and acknowledges how his decision to embark on the less traveled road proved to be transformative. Through the use of an extended metaphor, Frost enables readers to grasp the symbolic significance of the roads and apply them to their own lives


Beaking down "In A Disused Graveyard": the verses inscribed on the tombstones of the abandoned cemetery serve as a subtle reminder to the visitors that their own mortality is inevitable. Curiously, the marble tombstones themselves cannot comprehend why they are no longer receiving deceased bodies for burial. The poet's explanation is that people have grown averse to the idea of death and have ceased to pass away altogether. Naturally, this assertion is far from the truth, yet the tombstones accept it as reality due to the absence of new graves being dug in their vicinity. Ultimately, the poem indirectly emphasizes that no matter how much one tries to evade death, it remains an inescapable fate for mankind.


"The Aim Was Song": this poem can be comprehended within the realm of music as well. In this context, the wind symbolizes the untapped potential, while humans draw inspiration from the wind and create melodies akin to an artist. Frost enlightens the readers that art perpetually exists, and it is the responsibility of individuals to shape and refine it. Whether it takes the form of a song, a poem, or even an ancient oil painting, art represents the domestication of a wild and abstract concept of beauty


Sources


Frost, R. (1979). The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and

Unabridged. United States: Henry Holt and Company.


Orr, D. (2016). The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and

Almost Everyone Gets Wrong. United States: Penguin Publishing Group.


Other Blogs Sources Who Share Interests



Unknown. (2014, November 2). AP Lit - Joseph Alestra: “The Aim Was Song” by Robert Frost. AP Lit - Joseph Alestra. https://josephalestra.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-aim-was-song-by-robert-frost.html

“The Aim Was Song by Robert Frost.” Www.eliteskills.com, www.eliteskills.com/c/13167.

Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.



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