Desert Places

Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.

The woods around it have it - it is theirs.
All animals are smothered in their lairs.
I am too absent-spirited to count;
The loneliness includes me unawares.

And lonely as it is, that loneliness
Will be more lonely ere it will be less -
A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
WIth no expression, nothing to express.

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars - on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.

by Robert Frost

Comments (11)

The reading of the poem was very robotic!
No depression but much loneliness, a human feels what he must feel, alone without redemption, mortal without recourse. Yes, accountability, but we are all accountable. What else is there, when the only way out is the way fear shows you?
I believe that Robert Frost describes how a human being emotionally can react when suffering from depression or loneliness. It is likely that a person suffering from these conditions can see themselves in a lost dark space with no way out or perhaps feeling cold in a lonely place without road map with any sense of direction. It is obvious that Robert Frost apparently gives accountability how situations can influence our emotional state of mind and gives realization that his view is the way of his creativity.
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out
I particularly enjoyed Frost's use of echoing sounds in the poem. the first line's fast is followed by the identical F sound in the word field, and the ast of past. This is repeated throughout the poem in several instances, and gives a the reader a spacial understanding of the emptiness of these desert places- something particularly powerful when the speaker goes as far as to internalize all the emptiness of the universe into himself. Feel free to use that, future student.
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