Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Frost, "The Road Not Taken"
Frost, "Acquainted with the Night"
1. Read all three of Robert Frost's poems in the text.
2. Read William H. Pritchard's analysis and appreciation of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" on the Modern American Poetry website. Click on the link and scroll down until you see William Pritchard's name. He discusses the poem through the approach of New Criticism, concentrating primarily on the poem itself--rhyme, rhythm, and sound--with just the barest mention of the poet and "'larger' issues."
4. Write a similar two-paragraph analysis and appreciation of one section of one of Frost's other poems (not "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening") from a New Critical interpretive perspective. You may choose one of Frost's other two poems for this activity.
5. Use line numbers instead of page numbers in your in-text citations.
6. Include an MLA Works Cited entry for the poem you choose.
I did include a little on the imagry, but primarily this analysis follows the format of the example one specified in the instructions.
Robert Frost's poem Acquainted with the Night was accessed from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/acquainted-with-the-night/
The analysis of the stanza is below. You, of course, are not limited to this one stanza, or even this poem. You have another one from which you may choose a portion to analyze. I suggest that you re-read the particular analysis that your professor is so very much impressed with on the specified web site, Modern American Poetry --and read some of the others to compare the target analysis with the other sorts of analyses that are also included about that one poem, so you will understand what the professor is looking for. This new critique style focuses on analysis of the poem's structure, rather than on the "great meanings of life" that the content contains, alludes to or states. This is the style of analysis you are to emulate.
Robert Frost's poem Acquainted with the Night is arranged in four sets of three lines, and concludes with a couplet. The rhyming structure is interesting, as lines one ...
Frost, "Acquainted with the Night" analyzed in particular style of "New Criticis, where the analysis focuses more on rythym and rhyme, structure, meter and word flow, rather than the meaning of the author.