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Amanda Roy
11/11 discussion :)
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:13pm

My reaction to the poems that were assigned for Monday was, “wow, I really don’t understand this poetry as much as I thought I would”. Although I didn’t really understand any of the three poems, I did like them. I like Emily Dickinson as well as Robert Frost, I think that their work is lovely and it flows very well. I wasn’t too sure exactly what Dickinson was trying to communicate to her audience with the “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” poem. Maybe that she had a near death experience but death “stopped” her from dying and just passed by. I just liked it because it was easy to read and somewhat interesting. I’m not sure if “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” had any deeper meaning or significance, but I like Robert Frost’s writing style nonetheless. The third poem, “The Red Wheel Barrow” is completely confusing…and it’s only eight simple lines. I liked “The Red Wheel Barrow” only because it was super short, but I don’t like that I don’t understand it one bit. Out of the three poems, I would have to say that I liked Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” because I love the picture he paints with his words. While reading the poem you get a sense of where he is, or what the setting looks like. Although this sounds strange, I feel like his words are soft on our ears, which coincides with the poem’s quietness. For example, he writes “The only other sound’s the sweep of easy wind and downy flake”. I also like how he writes that his horse is wondering why he has stopped in the woods, and that he personifies the animal by saying that the horse asks if there is some mistake. My least favorite poem would have to be “The Red Wheel Barrow” because I don’t understand it at all, and that bothers me. But I do kind of like how the red wheel barrow is compared to white chickens. To be honest, I haven’t really had time to look through any poems in the book but I think that I would like to discuss Frost’s “Home Burial” just because I like Frost and its interesting that they say that poem reflects the death of his son Elliot.

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