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Neither Out Far Nor In Deep

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Mike Pettruny

on 11 December 2014

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Transcript of Neither Out Far Nor In Deep

Illustration
Robert Frost Biographical Information

-Four of Frost's six children died before he did.
-After the death of his father from tuberculosis when Frost was eleven years old, he moved with his mother and sister, Jeanie, who was two years younger, to Lawrence, Massachusetts.
-The couple moved to England in 1912, after they tried and failed at farming in New Hampshire.
Title Prediction
Meter and Feet
Rhetorical Devices
Symbolism:
1."The people along the sand. All turn and look one way"-The people symbolize mainstream society, and their way of thinking, and acting. This could also be related to how Frost didn't conform to the popular style of writing.


Sound Devices
1.Frost uses end rhyme to create a nice solid rhythm ex."...sand...way...land...day"

I wasn't really able to find any more
Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
Robert Frost

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Questions
What was the significance of using the beach as the setting of the poem?
the speaker observes the people out on the beach one day just staring curiously at the water
the line in the third stanza that says "Wherever the truth may be" suggests that the people are searching for the truth and are trying to find it by looking out in the unchanging sea
What does the ocean symbolize?
the ocean symbolizes wonder and curiosity and is used as a sense of truth and finding

Look It Up
A subtle satire on the human nature of escaping from harsh reality and seeking to find what is deemed to be unreal, impossible, and inaccessible
The people watching the sea symbolizes the theoretical aspects of life
Turning their backs to the land symbolizes reality, the concrete and the inevitable

Speaker:
It is someone sounds who is distant a detached.

Occasion:
Is located on

the seaside.

Audience:
People who think and wounder about the unknown.

Purpose:
Frost criticizes people who obsess over the unknown and don't pay attention to real life.

Subject:

The unknown

Tone:
The poems tone is sarcastic.

Theme
Since those people along the sand look deep in thought, it's safe to assume that the meaning of life is gonna play a role in "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep." But the poem isn't necessarily looking to define life and existence for us. Rather the speaker appears to point out that we waste too much time thinking about what it all means rather than living the life that's right in front of us.
Meter: The meter stays in Iambic most of the time, but occasionally switches to Trochaic.
All
turn
and
look
one
way
(2)
Iambic
And
the
peo
ple
look
at
the
sea
(12)
Iambic
To
an
y
watch
they
keep (16)
Trochaic
Feet: There is Iambic Trimeter, Iambic Tetrameter, and Trochaic Trimeter.
All
turn
| and
look
| one
way
(2)
Iambic Trimeter
but
when
|

was
that
|ev
er
|

a
bar
(15)
Iambic Tetrameter
To
an |
y
watch |
they
keep (16)
Trochaic Trimeter
The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass
A ship keeps raising its hull;
The wetter ground like glass
Reflects a standing gull.

The land may vary more;
But wherever the truth may be---
The water comes ashore,
And the people look at the sea.

They cannot look out far.
They cannot look in deep.
But when was that ever a bar
To any watch they keep?
Rhyme Scheme
The Rhyme Scheme is in the ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH Pattern:
sand / way / land / day
A B A B
pass / hull / glass / gull
C D C D
more / be / ashore / sea
E F E F
far / deep / bar / keep
G H G H
When I first saw the title I thought the poem would be about looking out at something you have never seen before and wondering what it's like. After reading the poem I then realized that it was about looking out into the ocean, turning your back on the land and trying to find the truth and comfort in the land you neither know, understand, nor can see.
Rhetorical Devices continued...
Symbolism:
2."They turn their back on the land. They look at the sea all day"-This could be referring to how nobody had/has a solid foundation, they'd rather live in the here and now then build a solid foundation(the land).
Parallelism:
3."They cannot look out far./ They cannot look in deep"
Rhetorical Question:
4."To any watch they keep?"
The illustration can be connected to the poem like so: "They turn their back on the land. They look at the sea all day." In the illustration, the people are standing upon the shore, watching a sunrise or sunset. These people do not turn to look at anything else, even if tragedies happen: "The water comes ashore, and the people look at the sea." This is connected to the picture because war is the ultimate tragedy and causes death and destruction, just like water.
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