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Poetry Project: October by Robert Frost
Transcript of Poetry Project: October by Robert Frost
by: Robert Frost October About the Author O hushed October morning mild, (a)
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; (b)
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, (a)
Should waste them all. (b)
The crows above the forest call; (b)
Tomorrow they may form and go. (c)
O hushed October morning mild, (a)
Begin the hours of this day slow. (c)
Make the day seem to us less brief. (d)
Hearts not averse to being beguiled, (a)
Beguile us in the way you know. (c)
Release one leaf at break of day; (e)
At noon release another leaf; (d)
one from our trees, one far away. (e)
Retard the sun with gentle mist; (f)
Enchant the land with amethyst. (f)
Slow, slow! (c)
For the grapes' sake, if the were all, (b)
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost, (f)
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost-- (f)
For the grapes' sake along the all. (b) Robert Frost (1874-1963) was born in San Francisco, California. His father William Frost, a journalist and a Democrat, died when Frost was about eleven years old. His Scottish mother, the former Isabelle Moody, resumed her career as a schoolteacher to support her family. Frost has lived in many diffrent places like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Darthmouth, and London. He studied at Darthmouth and at Harvard. Many of his poems have humor, and interact with nature. His poetry also reflects a dark side, yet reveals a strong faith. He often employed a narrative style in his verse. October morning is quiet and mild because of the cold.
The leaves have ripen and may fall any time.
If wind on the next day is strong, it will make the leaves fall and turn into waste.
The crows calling from the forest may gather themselfs and move far from the chilly wind.
Asks October morning to begin the day slower so that the day would seem bit longer.
He says that human beings are not opposed to be enchanted.
So the nature should enchant them in its well known way.
He urges nature th release one rippened leaf at dawn, one at noon, one from their trees, one from the others.
In the evening when the sun is going to set, he wishes that mist would slow down its journey and enchant the entire sky with purple color (color of amethyst). Paraphrase The poem October was created without stanzas because this poem has one main idea which is October winter and death. Also because it symbolizes life without breaks and pauses (one continues poem like life) . Theme The major themes of this poem are the individual in nature, death, and, time.
Individual of nature- Nature is at war with us, proving that we are vulnerable. As it gets cold animals go to hibernation and people stay indoors more to keep them selfs away from the cold. The poet shows how animals would "run" away from the winter to somewhere better.
Death- October is also the time when most of the plants die, leafs fall, and when many common day activites stop.
Time- During October (autum) days are usually brief. The poet urges October mornings to begin the day a bit slowly so that the day would seem longer. The Title The title basically means the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar - October, the season of autumn and the transition from summer to winter. October is the transition from the light (summer) into the darkness (winter). Robert Frost wrote about how October represents darkness and death. Symbolism October is regarded as the month of marked and sudden changes. The ancient Europeans marked the month of october as the month of the last harvest and thus the ending of the year.
Line 2 represents the sudden changes in the trees during the season.
Line 9 it shows how the winter days are shorter. Visiual imagery- something seen in the mind's eyes
Ex: Line 16: " Enchant the land with amethyst". The use of this visual imagery is to make the october scene more apealing and beautiful to the author's pleas, which is important because the author begs for more time. Mood This poem has a feeling of being in the moment and wanting the moment to last forever. Oxymoron Line 19: " Whose leaves already are burnt with frost". in this line Frost uses the word burnt to imply that the grapes are ruined even though burnt is associated with heat. The grapes are being ruined by the frost of the cold just like the natrual beauty of October is ruined by the cold of winter. this symbolizes the good times of life coming to an end. Attitude The author is calm, regretful, and anxious in wishing for more time to enjoy the moment Shifts Line 7: Refrain - "O hushed October morning mild"
The author transitions from observing to asking which he does for the rest of the poem.
Line 17: "slow, slow" the line is much shorter
After the shift the author asks more intensly than before. Author Imagery Connotations http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/robert-frost-poetry/24-october-by-robert-frost.htm