Literary Analysis

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Theliterary pieces stream with much information on the existence ofhumanity. The poets express themselves in the most genuine manner,conveying a particularly important subject concerning man and thenatural world. In so many ways, human beings have interacted with thenatural world and learned from the intricate details of nature thereal existence and cause of events. The four poems, Grass, Cuttings,Birches, Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening, address the commontheme of man and the natural world. In the particular poems, thesubject is revealed as the individual factor that the poets basetheir recounting of experience. The interaction between man and thenatural world could cause happiness or destruction.

Thepoem, “Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” presentsadequately the relations existing between humankind and the naturalworld. The poet spends his time in the woods at the time ofnarration. He strikes self-dialogue, having been motivated by thesurrounding. The writer admires nature and intends to have a closecontact with it just when there is the opportunity. He states thatbefore the owner of the woods sees him, he will “watch the woodsfill up with snow.” His expression denotes the longing he has tointeract with nature even if it means to steal the experience (Frostand Jeffers, 1978). The poem provides the lyricist the opportunity toencounter nature through sending him on an errand. The exposure hehas to the woods is fulfilling that in the end, he contemplatessleep. The satisfying aspect of the natural world to man is expressedin the poem in a direct way when the speaker says “the woods arelovely, dark and deep.” It is without a doubt that the contactbetween human beings and nature produces a pleasant affair. On theother hand, when the poet indicates that it was “the darkestevening of the year,” the site is perceived to be a dreaded one(Frost and Jeffers, 1978). In other words, the interaction withnature, in this case, seems to bear something sinister. Therefore,the presence of the speaker in the woods endangers his life.

Thepoem, “Grass” represents the position of the natural world in thelife of humanity. It provides that nature keeps the events of thehuman beings within itself, erasing any thought that something everoccurred. The poet adopts the voice of nature to show its influenceon the human experience. The writer states that even the visibleinstances of death witnessed upon the earth, “he is the grass andcovers all.” It behooves to reason that nature relieves the painthat life presents to the humans through making them forget. The poetvoices that even though human activity has destroyed the naturalworld, it still has its graceful way of reliving from the loss.

Inthe poem, “Birches” the speaker explains the unfolding of hisrelations with the natural world. He communicates that the naturalworld is much affected by man. The poet says that “I like to thinksome boy’s been swinging them.” He also gives the experience of alonely boy who is in the woods to play. The boy climbs to the top,but because the birches are weak at the top, he is brought down tothe ground. In the natural world, anything is possible hence, thereare not guarantees that the boy while “climbing carefully” wouldstay on top of the tree. In the same plane, it is important todocument that life is full of challenges, and while someone thinks hehas ascended to the top, nature would deal him a blow to the ground.

Inthe poem, “Cutting” the speaker embodies the natural world asself-healing. The cut stems denote the destruction brought uponnature by man. However, the natural world has its way of recreatingto produce life yet again. Sadly, when the natural world is trying toreshape itself into a new outfit, it could cause much trouble tohumanity. Hence, the speaker says “I quail lean to beginnings,sheath-wet.” The theme of man and the natural world develops inthis poem in the most peculiar manner, expressing the way in whichnature would pay back in reliving its former self.

Decisively,the subject of man and the natural world comes out clearly in thefour poems as discussed. The relations between man and nature couldcause a happy experience or ignite a troubled encounter. The poetshave expressed themselves, giving an understanding that man and thenatural world in coexistence must tend to each other.



Hecried for his father’s departure

Beingthe only son of his

Thethings he secured for the young man

Thelife that seemed smooth, untroubled

Itcame to a sudden halt

Butsoon, time took its course and the boy stood firm

Scarsdeep into her skin

Oflost teeth and cut finger

Shelimped from the stinging pain in her waistline

Losingher soft, meek voice

Shehad cried much, turning her voice coarse

Butsoon, time sold her husband to death, leaving her free

Pretendingnot to notice him

Sheshrugged her shoulders and walked ahead

Shewas the epitome of beauty

Witha cat’s steps, gracefully blessing the ground

Shemoved with style to intimidate her suitor

Hisheart though was persistent

Sohe pressed on with his tongue dripping honey

Butsoon, time was the miracle and the damsel yielded

Ireceived inspiration from the poem “Grass,” which defined mythought that time is the determiner of life’s course.

Lifein death

Theyoung man, however, took his stand

Thepleadings of his father

Thewarnings and persuasions were of old

Theyonly killed the spirit

Butwhat would an old man say of youth

Strandedin his misery

Withgray hair portending suffering

Hecertainly would not speak of life sweet.

Then,he set to seek

Oflife’s meaning

Hisyouth green and volatile

Filledwith the wisdom of his age

Withthe exposure that education had granted him

Withthe beauty of his fair self

Withthe tag of an elite

Withpride and bragging

Behold,he returns home quiet and calm

Lifepresents a blow for the show

Thestrong wine turned to poison in the stomach

Thebody had resisted the attempts of murder

Holdingno more the destruction

Thenhe saw the light and lived again

Thepoem received inspiration from Theodore’s poem “Cuttings,”which expressed that life hid in the death of something, allowingthat another life would develop from a death that occurred.


Frost,R., &amp Jeffers, S. (1978). Stoppingby woods on a snowy evening(p. 87). New York: Dutton.