Nature in Poem
Poets have a way with words - Nature in Poem introduction. They can create emotion, mood, and ambiance. They can paint emotionally moving pictures with nothing more than words. Poets can make the seasons change, the weather shift, and the day turn to night. Poetry, as an art, is the mastery of words and meanings. Nature has a way with color. It can turn the green of a leaf to the gold of a sunset. It can paint the mountains purple and the skies viridian. It can turn the black of night into the warm pumpkin of morning with nothing more than the passing of time. Nature, as an artist, is the master of colors.
Poets are the masters of words and nature is the master of color, together they create an inescapable beauty. Each poet sees nature in a different way and therefore the picture they paint is unique. The background of the poet, and the time in which they lived, plays an integral part in their perspective of nature. However, no matter what time-period the poem was created in, nature is beautiful when seen through the eyes of a poet. Dickinson The earliest works in this comparison are “A Bird cam down the Walk” and “‘Nature’ is what we see” by Emily Dickinson.
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Dickinson is a highly renowned poet whose work was created in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s in the New England region of the United States. Dickinson lived a life of seclusion in Massachusetts, creating an atmosphere of creativity in which her poetry thrived. With the New England countryside as her backdrop, nature played an important part in her work. Her seclusion turned her poet’s eye inward, giving us a glimpse of her personal opinion of nature and its beauty.
The earliest work of the two is “A Bird came down the Walk. Being an earlier work, it lacks the refinement of her latter work but still possesses the playful diction of a developing poet. The meter presents a playful atmosphere in which we picture the bird as “he drank a Dew From a convenient Grass – And then hopped sidewise to the Wall to let a Beetle pass –(1862, line 5). “ The words are simple and well paced in the poem but they work together in harmony to allow a glimpse into the life of a simple bird striving to survive. In her latter work, “’Nature’ is what we see,” Dickinson compares the simplicity of nature to higher planes of existence.
In this poem she tells us that nature is “Heaven” and “Harmony. ” She goes on to emphasis “So impotent Our Wisdom is To her Simplicity. (1863, line 10 – 11). ” In this poem, written a mere year latter, we see her growth as a poet and as an intellectual. (Add notes here about her influences) Robert Frost In comparison, (Add biography notes here about geographical region compared to Dickinson) Frost presents a smoother meter and rhyme in “Nothing Gold Can Stay. ” His use of rhyme moves the poem along at an easy clip as he visually stuns his audience with descriptive phrases regarding the colors of the life cycle.
His opening lines “Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold (1923, lines 1-2)” is a bold statement meant to pull the reader in while painting with bold strokes upon the literary canvas. Further, in the poem, he compares the changing colors in the plant life cycle to paradise lost with “The leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief (1923, lines 5-6). ” With these statements, Frost treats the loss of color and the passing of time, to a literary moment of silence, giving reverence to that which cannot return. (Add section on Once by the Pacific not found in text. Jane Kenyon The most modern of the poets in this comparison is Jane Kenyon. ((Research her background and other comparable works to give substance to this section)
Her poem “Peonies at Dusk” is a literary treat, complete with sights and scents. She uses descriptive diction to encompass even the heavy scent of peonies, burdened with the perfume carried on moist wind so enticing that even the moon is willing to seek them out. (need more info) Modern terms such as “Outrageous” and “Luxuriance” are more familiar to the current generation who become lost in the quaint phrases of Dickinson.
Her meter is not as smooth as that of Frost’s but works well for her more modern form of poetry. Conclusion In the end, all three poets show a mastery of the written word that few possess. Their works allow for an escape from the ordinary for all their readers. Differences in their backgrounds allow for subtle differences in their styles. All of this adds up to an ever-changing field of poetry that shows the true beauty found in nature. Even the conventional artists with their pallets and brushes cannot create the same beauty the authors create with words. (End with Quote)