Nature in Poem

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Nature in Poem

Nature in Poem

Poets have a way with words. They can create emotion, mood, and ambience. They can paint emotionally moving pictures with nothing more than words. Poets can make the seasons change, the weather shift, and the day turn to night. Poetry, as an art, is the mastery of words and meanings.

Nature has a way with color. It can turn the green of a leaf to the gold of a sunset. It can paint the mountains purple and the skies viridian. It can turn the black of night into the warm pumpkin of morning with nothing more than the passing of time. Nature, as an artist, is the master of colors.

Poets are the masters of words and nature is the master of color, together they create an inescapable beauty. Each poet sees nature in a different way and therefore the picture the poet paints is unique. The background of the poet, and the time in which they lived, plays an integral part in their perspective of nature. However, no matter what time-period the poem was created or whom the poet, nature is beautiful when seen through the eyes of a poet.

The beauty of nature the poet observes at home directly affects the beauty of nature in their poems. This paper will compare the works of three poets: Dickinson, Frost, and Kenyon, and their portrayal of nature. It will show how background and timeframe directly influences the views of nature portrayed in poetry. As time passes, nature changes and these changes are palpable in poetry.

The earliest works in this comparison are “A Bird came down the Walk” and “‘Nature’ is what we see” by Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is a highly renowned poet whose work was created in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s in the New England region of the United States. Dickinson lived a life of seclusion in Massachusetts, creating an atmosphere of creativity in which her poetry thrived (DiYanni, 2007). With the New England countryside as her backdrop, nature played an important part in her work. Her...