Robert Frost's Poetry

20 August 2022
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Which lines from "Mending Wall" best indicate that the speaker is amused while repairing the wall?
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We have to use a spell to make them balance: "Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"
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Which practice was typical of Robert Frost?
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using traditional forms
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Read the poem "The Purple Cow," by Gelett Burgess. The Purple Cow (Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least.) I never saw a Purple Cow; I never hope to See One; But I can Tell you, Anyhow, I'd rather See than Be One. What is the main similarity between "The Purple Cow" and Frost's poem "Mending Wall"?
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Both use humorous language.
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Which practice was common among modernist poets?
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using experimental techniques
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Read the excerpt from "Mending Wall." Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: "Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down." Now read "The Pasture," also by Robert Frost. I'm going out to clean the pasture spring; I'll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I shan't be gone long.โ€”You come too. I'm going out to fetch the little calf That's standing by the mother. It's so young, It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I shan't be gone long.โ€”You come too. Which best accounts for the different views of spring expressed in the poems?
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The poems have different speakers.
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Read the poem "Fog," by Carl Sandburg. The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. What is the main difference between Sandburg's "Fog" and Frost's "Mending Wall"?
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"Fog" uses metaphor, while "Mending Wall" does not.
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Read the excerpt from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; This excerpt is an example of
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blank verse.
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Which practice did Robert Frost have in common with his modernist peers?
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writing in everyday language
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Why does the neighbor say that "good fences make good neighbours" in "Mending Wall"?
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He is repeating what his father used to say.
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Read the excerpt from Princess Ida by Gilbert and Sullivan. Women of Adamant, fair neophytesโ€” Who thirst for such instruction as we give, Attend, while I unfold a parable. The elephant is mightier than Man, Yet Man subdues him. Why? The elephant Is elephantine everywhere but here (tapping her forehead) And Man, whose brain is to the elephant's As Woman's brain to Man'sโ€”(that's rule of three),โ€” Conquers the foolish giant of the woods, As Woman, in her turn, shall conquer Man. This excerpt is an example of
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blank verse