3rd Essay - 1 Professor Booth, Joseph Jordan L&S 20A...

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Professor Booth, Joseph Jordan December 12, 2007 Spring Pools Robert Frost’s “Spring Pools” is a poem filled with reflections and mirror effects. The title of the poem relates to water. Water acts as a horizontal mirror reflecting what is above it. So, from the title, the rhymes, inversions, and contradictions found in the poem are to be expected. Contradictions are usually complicated because they contain opposite views, which makes this poem rich with elaborate experience. The mirroring effects in the poem give the impression of how a combination of specific diction, syntax, and inversion can create a line of value. The lines that make up the two stanzas reflect one another, through the use of specific syntax. The two stanzas are similar and not similar. Their appearances look almost identical, which supports the reflecting idea. Also, there are only two stanzas, which strengthen the idea that they are reflections of one another. The bottom stanza could be thought as the reflection in the water, while the top stanza could be viewed as the actual image being reflected. They both contain the same amount of lines and have the same rhyme scheme of “aabcbc.” However, the stanzas both serve different purposes, the first introduces an idea and poses questions, while the second gives off warnings and concludes. The idea of reflections in the poem wouldn’t be as
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course L&S 20A taught by Professor Booth during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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3rd Essay - 1 Professor Booth, Joseph Jordan L&S 20A...

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