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Analysis and comments on Desert Places by Robert Frost

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Comment 21 of 181, added on December 26th, 2009 at 3:12 PM.


PUNCHI from Iran
Comment 20 of 181, added on November 8th, 2009 at 2:12 PM.

Through the language and imagery Frost shows how the desolate and empty
landscape can make you feel alone, depressed and scared.

The whole poem is one massive piece of pathetic fallacy to show how the
persona is feeling, in particular the use of snow, whiteness and absence of
objects to convey his thoughts. The first clear sign of the persona’s
current emotional status is in the second stanza, “I am too absent-spirited
to count” and so we learn of the detachment and loneliness of his life and
so he can relate to the surroundings and sees everything as bad and alone
almost as if he is left bare, mirroring the landscape.
The is a sense that everything the snow touches looses form, shape and so
meaning, “the ground almost covered smooth in snow” the snow forms a
blanket over the land so only, “a few weeds and stubble” are visible. The
snow covers up the rest of the land and leaves only the more ugly things.
This shows how the snow is used in the poem to describe the loneliness and
absence of happiness as it has the ability to cover up all that is lovely
and pretty in the field.
This is built on in the second stanza when the snow is described as harsh
and cruel as, “all animals are smothered in their lairs”. This shows the
awesome power of the snow and so nature, at first the are a few sprinklings
but when built up it has the power to kill. This again disturbs the
persona and adds to his feelings on the snow as an agent of death and
In the third stanza the word ‘lonely’ is repeated in various forms, “And
lonely as it is, that loneliness will be more lonely ere it will be less”.
This repetition really drives home the message that the persona is all
alone and is only a warning that the weather and his life can only get
worse before it gets better. This reference to his emotional deterioration
is a lot like the falling of the snow, it goes further and further down
until there is nothing left, “no expression, nothing to express”.
It is not just the covering up of the land and objects that scares the
persona it is also the absence of matter, “They cannot scare me with their
empty spaces”. Here it is the absence that makes him feel alone because
there is nothing for protection and there is a feeling of loneliness,
neglect and nakedness surrounding the thought of ‘nothing’.
At the end of the poem it seems like the persona is actually more afraid
of himself than anything around him, “To scare myself with my own desert
places”. In his mind there is his personal desert and it is reflected by
the landscape surrounding him. This shows how the loneliness can transcend
nature as he is more scared of what is inside his own mind than what is
outside and what potentially has more capacity to harm him.

Ollie Plunkett from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 181, added on March 12th, 2009 at 12:07 AM.

I decided to make my own poem devoted to my "desert place"....

Wake up, still kinda dazy,
Why does weed make you lazy?
Take my time throughout my day
Did the teacher just say J?!?
Weird stomache feeling, please go away.
"can i go to the bathroom?" i go stray
Although there is time after i decide right now,
So to the car i race where the stash is at,
Where i go to get a bag of weed that is fat.
Unroll the dutch,
but still in class so dont put too much.
Light it and put it in the air,
im part of god now.

chi chi from United States
Comment 18 of 181, added on March 11th, 2009 at 11:26 PM.

These comments are pretty funny. People from all around the world reading
the same poem. I gotta say A-bomb is the man. I did thesame exact thing
except im smoking after my work not b4 the essay. And get my dog high too
haha. Otherthan that for someone that doesnt understand poems, i gota 115%
more understanding of the poem after reading all the comments.

Chi Chi from United States
Comment 17 of 181, added on May 20th, 2008 at 6:41 PM.

ok the poem looks iambic to me and I would guess on a pentameter. except
for that we have four stanzas with a rhyme scheme of aaba,ccbc,ddbd,eebe.
the whole thing has a song like quality- see the repetitions. the exterior
solitude is compared to the speakers inner solitude and so on. too sleepy
to continue, maybe if someone begs for it...

Abdulcabbar from Turkey
Comment 16 of 181, added on May 13th, 2008 at 12:39 AM.

I'm just saying the poem makes me sleepy.....

Gan from Taiwan
Comment 15 of 181, added on March 30th, 2008 at 3:28 PM.

haha. i love that first comment.
i am writing a five page response to this poem,and im just b.s.ing my way
through it.
this poem sucks

it has a message: the message is to honor i tin your own soul and feel the
despair he felt.

it is not ment to be put into any other words than those that frost used.

if you can't understand his message ur on crack i swear.

and i hate all english teachers that think that explicating a poem helps us
understand it, when the author intended their writing to be enjoyed and
interperated according to the listener, and enjyed.
not picked apart.

screw english courses.

kari from United States
Comment 14 of 181, added on August 5th, 2007 at 9:30 AM.

i seriously hate alllllllll of robert frosts poems!
ive been trying to research poems so i can do my essay on them and all i
got was jack shit from u guys!
for real tho how can u guys even cum up with any meanings of any poem let
alone robert's poems of absolute shit!
anyway thanx for the help guys....NOT!
i guess im gna go and fail my essay!

billy from Greece
Comment 13 of 181, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 3:59 PM.

This poem has twenty verses and 4 stanzas. It rhymes which are a: fast,
past, and last, c: theirs, lairs, and unawares, e: loneliness, less, and
express, and f: spaces and places. He also use alliteration such as "Snow
falling and night falling fast, oh, fast:. His tone towards this poem is
sadness, loneliness, and quiet.

Tanyarat from United States
Comment 12 of 181, added on April 26th, 2006 at 9:17 PM.

this is so magical i love it

zarka from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: Desert Places
Volume: A Further Range
Year: 1936
Added: Feb 20 2003
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