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The Wood-Pile

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Monica Pham

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of The Wood-Pile

The Wood-Pile by Robert Frost The Wood-Pile
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so what? Juxtaposition & Contrast Contrast: The man-made world vs. the natural world Symbolism contrast The outdoors: the unexpected, the unknown
The bird: guidance and aid
The wood-pile: "gray area." It is at the same time human and a part of nature- the union of the two worlds.
Trees: Growth and renewal Setting
Nature imagery-the weather and season (cold and winter)
The tall slim trees trap him/her as if they were in a cage, they are trapped in nature.
The pile of wood was cut perfectly cut (four by four by eight) which reflect the human influence on nature.
Colour imagery-Gray(darkness, fright), White(light, glimmer of hope), Gray(loss of hope) Simile Anaphora & Repetition Characterization Thesis: In Robert Frost's Poem "The Wood-Pile", the poet suggests the ability of nature to renew and cleanse itself. Through the use of symbolism and contrast. Frost questions the relation of the man-made world and the natural world. Structure & Punctuation Beneath the surface of the language, the poem progress by a series and a system of oppositions. Significance of the title "The" is specific, not general.
Wood-pile: Associated with the man-made, as well as with nature. by: Julia, Leanne, Martha, Monica, & Sabrina The Wood-Pile
at a glance • the setting is able to set the tone and mood for the rest of the poem

• the use of characterization, nature imagery and colour imagery, Frost demonstrates the struggle of the persona, to find warmth, shelter and even a way out

• The persona is described as hesitant, confused and lost, at the beginning of the poem
Through this characterization, we are able to get an idea of the intensity of the swamp and the way it is able to trap and confuse a person. The setting at the very beginning of the poem has already set the tone of confusion through the use of several landscapes. Also, the struggle of persona, to seek and hesitate, successfully stresses the confusion. Tone Mood The repetition of "and" (7 times). This makes the poem seem more like a story. Makes the poem flow more easily. Used to build upon previous ideas and descriptions. The repetition of the "year's" (4 times) In context with cutting it demonstrates human dependency on nature year after year. “Who was so foolish as to think what HE thought. He thought that I was after him for a feather-The white one in his tail; like one who takes Everything…” The poet provides a simile comparing the observing persona to “one who takes everything.” Life and Death the cyclical structure "warm the frozen" you need heat to warm the frozen. "useful fireplace" only useful if it produces fire. "smokeless burning" something burning must produce smoke. Juxtaposition the pile of wood and the winding clematis a tree still growing and a stake and prop about to fall Nature's cohabitation with humans.

Contrast between the wood-pile and the trees.

Identity of the human and man-made world is one.

Wood -pile is the only man-made object found in nature in the poem. Man-made and Nature

Cold and Heat As the setting has set the tone of confusion, the setting as well as the persona, make people feel a sense of confusion. The poem "The Wood-pile"by Robert Frost discusses about the balance between man-made world and natural world that nature has its own ability to renew and restore as humans explore this organic world. The use of contrast, symbolism and juxtaposition stress the identity of humans and nature. Conclusion & Theme warm and cold diction Epiphany

When the persona comes across the wood-pile.
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