Robert Frost’s Desert Places
An analysis of Robert Frost’s poem `Desert Places` according to X. J. Kennedy’s analytic categories.
An analysis of Robert Frost’s poem `Desert Places` according to X. J. Kennedy’s analytic categories concentrating on imagery, but also demonstrating how Frost weaves poetic elements into an artistic whole merging rhythm, rhyme, and symbol with imagery.
Robert Frost’s poem Desert Places provides an excellent example of how a poem may be analyzed according to analytic categories devised by X. J. Kennedy. This discussion will primarily concentrate on the imagery of Frost’s poem, but will also show how a poetic genius weaves together the various elements of poetry, as defined in Kennedy’s analytic categories, to form an artistic whole. What happens in this poem is that other categories such as rhythm, rhyme, and symbol merge with the imagery to create a unique entity sixteen lines of lyric verse capable of traveling from the heart and mind of one man to the innermost depths of millions of humans far distant in time and place.