Thesis, Outline, Sources for Poetry Researched Analysis

Thesis, Outline, Sources for Poetry Researched Analysis

Assignment 11: Thesis, Outline, Sources for Poetry Researched Analysis

Thesis: Robert Frost uses his experience in rural communities to give a strong sensory description/imagery to his poems.  Work on the logic here—rural life = ability to use imagery?  Your outline suggests the skill with which he uses imagery.  This effective use of imagery, then, results in….a rich experience for the reader?  A clearer sense of themes?  Do you need the bio?  In what way does it support or connect to his work?  Make sure that the thesis “announces” or sets up the reader for the body points; each point, in turn, will develop the thesis/link back to that central idea. Work on thesis a bit.  Good poem selections and support!  Add other sources for full credit.  As is:

7/10– thesis; 21/25—outline; 10/10–sources.

Poetry Researched Analysis


  1. Intro:
  2. “Poetry is rhythmical, imaginative language, expressing the invention, taste, thought, passion and insight of the human soul. (Hunt).”
  3. Robert Frost’s locations as an Adult
  4. 1895: Lawrence, Massachusetts
  5. 1901: Derry, New Hampshire
  6. 1912: England, Gloucestershire
  7. 1916: America, Franconia (New Hampshire)
  8. 1920: Shaftsbury, Vermont
  9. 1930ish: Boston, Massachusetts
  10. 1940ish: summer home in Ripton, Vermont
  • Nature in Poetry
  1. How Frost plays on sense/uses imagery to invite the reader into the situation
  2. Auditory
  • “Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust —- (Birches lines 10-11)
  • “The only other sounds’ the sweep of easy wind and downy flake. (Stopping by woods on a snowy Evening Lines 10-11)
  1. Visual
  • “Often you must have seen them loaded with ice a sunny winter mourning after a rain. (Birches lines 5-7)”
  • “Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast” (Desert places Line 1)
  1. Tactile
  • “Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs broken across it, and one eye is weeping from a twig’s having lashed across it open. (Birches lines 45-47)
  • “She is as in a field a silken tent (The Silken Tent Line 1).”
  1. Gustatory
  • “I craved strong sweets, but those Seemed strong when I was young;(To Earthward Lines 13-14)
  • “Of tears, the aftermark/Of almost too much love,/The sweet of bitter bark/And burning clove. (To Earthward Lines 21-24)”
  1. Olfactory
  • “The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard and made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.” (Out, Out lines 1-3)
  • “In the capriciousness of summer air (The Silken Tent Line 13).”
  1. Emotional/Psychological connection with reader:
  • “It’s when I’m weary of considerations/ And life is too much like a pathless wood,” (Birches Lines 43-44)
  • “All animals are smothered in their lairs.” (Desert Places Line 6)
  1. Theme discussion

Robert Frost’s work includes poems with detailed imagery in rural situations; the reader is invited into the situations and, thus, experiences the decision or delight as the speaker does.

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