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The poem “The Most of It,” Robert Frost

“He thought he kept the universe alone,” too most people the thoughts of being alone are very frightening. It is human nature to search for companionship. In the poem “The Most of It,” Robert Frost uses a wealth of strong imagery to tell a story of a person who has lost his loved one to death and has to suffer the feeling of loneliness and emptiness created by it. Frost uses the setting of a lake surrounded by a forest to convey a feeling of peace and of being alone to the reader. A man is sitting on the edge of the lake, crying out for someone, his echo being his only company.

After ime, a buck swam across the lake and appeared on the shore and abruptly runs into the brush, away from sight. Although the man only caught a glimpse of the deer for a short moment, it was long enough for him to feel that he was no longer alone, but had something there, even though it was not tangible. The clues given to the reader that someone has passed on are the words “wake” and three lines down, the word “morning. ” A wake can be many things; one is that it is a vigil that is held in honor of a person who has recently died. “Morning” can be taken as “mourning” and be seen as Frost grieving for a loved one.

One also develops the impression that Frost is mourning a great loss, such as a spouse or soul mate, because of the line, “He would cry out on life, that what it wants/ Is not its own love back in copy speech/ But counter- love. ” That quote shows the reader that the man was alone, so alone, that he “cried out on life” asking for it to give his lost love back. He doesn’t want to love someone who agrees with him wholly, and had no ideas of their own, but someone who is articulate, and has opinions of their own. He wants someone he could talk to and love for who they are, not who they try to be.

He had this in his lost love, and now he has no one to share his feelings and emotions with. He was truly alone in the world. ““Nothing came of what he cried,” until one day when an amazing thing happened, something appeared that made him no longer feel so alone. “Instead of proving human when it neared/ As a great buck it powerfully appeared. ” This “buck” symbolizes his lost love, instead of coming back to him in her tangible form; he realized that she was all around him, no matter where he was. She was always in his memories, in his heart. He no longer felt alone, but at peace knowing she was in a better lace, but still with him.

Although the poem has rhyme scheme (a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,e,f,e,f,g,h,g,h,I,j,I,j) it feels more like Frost is writing a first draft of a story. The last line, “And forced the underbrush- and that was all. ” Seems a rather abrupt ending. The buck came and went, and that was all. It seems as though Frost wanted to say more, but wasn’t able to. It also seems a sad ending, in that the “buck” came into his life and left just as quickly, leaving only a memory. Frost does not give a tangible identity to what he was looking for. He uses the term “it” to describe this thing.

He does not know exactly what he wants, so giving it the broad term of “it,” allows for “it” to be anything. Frost is searching for something to fulfill his empty heart, and he finds that in the “buck. ” In the beginning of the poem Frost is crying out, trying to find something to fulfill his loneliness. By the end, he has found something to lessen the pain of his loss, but it is fleeting. Although, it was able to ring Frost to the realization that he was not alone, but what he was looking for is always around him. Frost found what he was looking for, but not until he came to terms with is loss.

He will never be alone again, and he never was in the first place, for he had the memories, of his wife. Those memories will always remain the same and will always keep her in his life. Word Count: 725 [pic]Sponsored Listings All portraits the eyes are really big and open, but are lacki… All portraits the eyes are really big and open, but are lacking life, giving the impression that the subject is mentally not there whereas physically, the subject’s eyes are looking straight ahead, a good example can be noted in Freud’s work entitled ‘Girl With a White Doggy’‘.

The ubject’s mouth is also rather big and throughout most of Freud’s works the subject have their mouths closed, adding to the stillness in nature. Some hint of a sexual connotation is noted as Freud draws in the subject in ‘Girl With a White Doggy’ with one bare breast. The subject clearly marks the breast with her hand. Often one can pay attention to very small obscure details that can lead to the personalities of his subjects. In ‘Girl With a White Doggy’, we notice a very small ring on the woman’s finger. This could lead to her being a wife, or a mother perhaps.

After one notices these ittle details, one can look again at the face and collect more information from the expressions in the subject’s face. In this work’s case, we see the subject may have suffered a loss in her family life, since her still and daydream face gives us the impression that the character is miserable. One thing that is very important as well in reference to the eyes, the artist makes it a point to show the character deliberately looking at the viewer or having the eyes deliberately hidden. In the work, ‘Strange Bedfellows’ the subject is covering her eyes masking them from the viewer.

Going back to ‘Girl With a White Doggy’ we can see clearly the subject is close to staring the viewer right in the eyes. However, Freud still leaves the eyes lifeless, so whether or not the subject is staring at the viewer, he or she knows the subject is somewhere else in his or her mind. One of Freud’s Self-Portraits, shows however, that Freud may not have had the same approach to painting himself. He did not make an effort to emphasize his eyes, and the painting was not very fleshy in nature. We can also observe that an exaggerated viewpoint is being used in the painter’s ork of himself.

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