Robert Frost

When I first read the poem “Spring Pools” by Robert Frost I thought “That’s it! I’m going to do my investigation on this guy!” I felt like this poem was truly written within the grounds of nature with an open mind and open heart. It is amazing to which extent imagination has been used in this poem. Of course, we can’t forget that Robert Frost used personification in this poem to make it effective too! I feel like Robert Frost’s writing is a scratch on the surface that has a much deeper meaning locked inside. “Spring Pools,” for example, is talking about much more than just flowers and nature. Robert  Frost was born in San Fransisco, California in 1874 and passed away in Boston in 1963. Both of his parents were teachers so he often found himself exposed to several forms of literature. Robert Frost had a background in botany, history, Latin and Greek. Robert Frost had difficult time growing up as he struggled throughout with the death of his parents, his wife, and two of his children (one of his children committed suicide). I feel that his scars, pain, and bottled up emotions pour themselves out as words in his poetry. I wonder if any of his poetry subliminally or directly speaks of his struggles in life. Some of Robert Frost’s influences include William Shakespeare, Robert  Graves, and Edward Thomas, and he is sometimes compared to Emily Dickenson. I found it interesting that he uses the word “Twilight” in one of his poems.  This is probably because of the era of the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer I live in! Lines from Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” were used in “Twilight” as well. I wonder who inspired her to title the series with the word Twilight…

“Spring Pools” by Robert Frost:

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.
The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods—
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.



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