Frost's Use Of Metaphors In Poetry

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In “Frost’s Poetry of Metaphor” by Judith Oster she remarks, “ If a poem has doors that open and close, it may be represented by a house” (406). Oster also tells us “Its supreme art lies precisely in the way it blurs the distinctions between concrete fact and imagination” (408). In Frost’s poems “Meeting and Passing”,“The Subverted Flower” and “Never Again….Be the Same” he shows how men and women sometimes have to go their own to keep from getting hurt. Both the men and women in both of these poems learn something from the situation they were in and will grow from what happened. Judith Oster explains Frost’s poetry in her essay “Frost’s Poetry of Metaphors”. Both poems involve and man and women and how they interact with one another. Metaphors…show more content…
Metaphors do not use “like” or “as” to compare the two objects. In our daily life we use and think of metaphors constantly, they give a life like quality to the conversation and shows emotion. There are several types of basic metaphors, some metaphors we don't even notice because they are so common in our everyday language. For example “broken heart” and “couch potato” we use in our everyday vocabulary, but we don't think about it when we say it because we as humans don't focus on those things. Metaphors are like doors, they open the mind to so many possibilities and you can choose which door to open and which door to close. Oster tells the reader that Frost also states “But another way of showing ‘one thing in terms of another’; is to show one thing becoming another—transformation rather than generation”…show more content…
Frost refers to the penis as the flower, and show us that with metaphors. Frost says “And he lashed his open palm/With the tender-headed flower” (394) which shows us that this young boy is trying to have sex. The little boy and girl are out in a field alone and the girl is scared and nervous and he smiles at the young girl and she doesn't smile back. He tells us “He eyed her for a while / For a woman and a a puzzle / He flicked and flung the flower” (395), which shows me that this boy wants to have sex with her and has his hand on his penis trying to convince the girl it’s okay and that he's ready. He grabs her arm not to hurt her, but to get her to acknowledge him. The girl stood there nervously and wouldn't dare move or smile and she doesn't speak to him. Her mother then calls her from inside the garden and made a look of fear come over the girls face. He shows us that the boy was masturbating by saying “An arm worked like a saw / As if to be persuasive” (395), and he realizes the girl is uncomfortable and she ran away angry and using foul language, he says. This poem shows how Frost uses these metaphors to make the readers more involved and to make everyone see the flower as something

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