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