Nature in Poems by Frost, Marlowe and Thomas
A description of how nature is used and to what effect in poems by these poets.
This paper looks at three poems by three different authors “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas, “Birches” by Robert Frost, and Christopher Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. The writer looks at the use of nature in each poem and shows that while each poet has a different purpose, all three choose in their poems to focus on joy in life rather than despair, and use the beauty of nature to justify their optimism.
Robert Frost is perhaps the most obvious of the deliberate optimists. He looks at birch trees that have nearly been killed by ice storms and instead sees the beauty. He knows logically that the trees are gracefully curved to the ground by nature’s destructive forces. He says, They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load, And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed So low for long, they never right themselves: You may see their trunks arching in the woods Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground