NOFnID Essay (2) - 1 On Neither Out Far nor In Deep Robert Frosts poem Neither Out Far nor In Deep is a philosophical piece of literature Frost uses

NOFnID Essay (2) - 1 On Neither Out Far nor In Deep Robert...

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1 On Neither Out Far nor In Deep Robert Frost’s poem, Neither Out Far nor In Deep , is a philosophical piece of literature. Frost uses many literary devices to convey his message to readers. Throughout the entire poem, he allows readers to visualize a vivid image of the occurrences of the poem, which helps to bring them to life in a spectacular way. Through his excellent word choices and uses of symbolism and imagery, Frost creates a thought-provoking poem about the desire humans have to know the unknowable. The first line of the poem quickly introduces the setting. It tells readers that there are people standing on sand. The second line informs us that they are all facing in one direction, as if there is something of importance that they are viewing. In the third line, readers figure out what it is that the people are looking at. They are staring at the sea. But Frost does not simply tell us that the people are looking at the sea; he includes in the fourth line that they are facing away from the land. Both land and sea are of great symbolic importance in this poem. Land represents reality. On land, people have their homes, their jobs, and their families. Frost states that, “They turn their back on the land (3).” The people turn away from reality as if they can escape it. And instead, they face the sea. The sea represents the unknown. It is mysterious and captivating. The people must desire something that lies within, whether that be truth or peace or anything of significant value. They will not settle for their realities and, instead, they stare longingly at what they do not, or cannot, possess. The next two lines describe a passing ship. The ship might be an obstacle to the people on the beach. They cannot see around it. When Frost writes, “As long as it takes to pass (5)”, he gives readers the impression that the ship was moving slowly and
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2 lingered a long while in their view. The ship could possibly represent the many struggles and hardships the people are facing. By blocking the people’s view, it prevents them
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  • Spring '13
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  • English, Literature, Essay, Robert Frost, Neither Out Far Nor In Deep

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