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Bereft- Robert Frost

Ivan Skoro Period 3

This artwork is relative to the poem because it depicts a person alone with no one, and it seems quite lonely. It also depicts a weird sense of seasons, because some parts look like summer or winter meaning there is a loss and no exact idea of season, the same as the poem with a loss of sense for losing track of the seasons.

Where had I heard this wind beforeChange like this to a deeper roar?What would it take my standing there for,Holding open a restive door,Looking downhill to a frothy shore?Summer was past and day was past.Somber clouds in the west were massed.Out in the porch's sagging floorLeaves got up in a coil and hissed,Blindly struck at my knee and missed.Something sinister in the toneTold me my secret must be known:Word I was in the house aloneSomehow must have gotten abroad,Word I was in my life aloneWord I had no one left but God.

Mackellar, C (2009) Retrieved on March 23rd, 2015 from

Robert Lee Frost was born on May 26th, 1874 in San Fransisco. He lived there for the first 11 years of his life. After his father died of tuberculosis, he, his mother, and sister moved to Massachussets. He moved in with his grandparents and attended Lawrence High School where he met his wife and covaledictorian Elinor White. At the time he wrote Bereft in Massachusetts, and it was due to some complicatios from marriage problems from his personal life.

All By Myself (1975) Retrieved on March 23rd, 2015 from


Paraphrase- The poem is about a man who has lost the one who he loves, and he is alone and sad really. He lacks love and affection, and has nobody left. He grows older as well, and the older he gets, the harder it is to find love, so he is stuck with a dilema.Speaker- I can tell the speaker is speaking from first person because of the personal pronouns being used, and that the speaker must be speaking with passion since there are such vivid details and just great sentence formation.Identity- Some literary devices are “Where had I heard this wind before Change like this to a deeper roar” where it is a simile, adding to a sense of suspense because something is crescendoing, and “Out in the porch's sagging floor” is personification for a porch that is deteriorating, also giving a sense of dread or sadness. Now, “Leaves got up in a coil and hissed” and “Blindly struck at my knee and missed” both are also a zesty type of term, zoomorphism where inanimate things are given anima; characteristics, in this case, a snakes. It adds to hostility and fear, which are present in the poem for fear of being alone. Finally, “Word I had no one left but God.” is a hyperbole because I believe that it is just exaggerating about being alone. This especially adds by really maxing out the sad feels, and that just really makes my heart break.Tone- The poem had several tones. The first one was sadness. He was depressed about not being wed, and he had such sorrow portrayed through his words, like being almost struck and such. Also, I felt sorry for him. Remorsefulness was felt because of the situation and him feeling that he has nobody. Also, I think another tone word would be serious. I didn’t take the poem with a laugh. Instead I felt it was really serious and not meant for amusement.Title- The title of the story was literally the entire poem in one word. The word bereft means lacking or lack of. The speaker lacked company and love, and so the poem’s title literally meant lacks.Message- I guess the message would be how loneliness can really change a persons life around. Life was meant to be spent with somebody generally, and without love or even company at the least, it can really screw life up.

Afremov, L (2008) Retrieved on March 24th, 2015 from

In the early 1890's, Robert Frost, and American, was going to be secretly married to a woman, but she left him, so the entire poem is about Robert Frost and the woman, wondering if he would be alone and if all he has is God. This poem was influenced by Robert losing love, and being alone.

Love. Is that what I crave?If it is, then why can't I find it?Hate. Does that mean anger?If it does, then why do I feel hollow?Pain. Does that mean suffering?If it does, then why does it feel comforting?Memories. Are they not images of the past?If they are, why is there only shadows?Smiles. Does that mean happiness?If it does, then why does it hurt?Life. What does it mean?Should it mean any of these things?If it doesn't, then why are they there? (Mackellar, 2009)This poem is connected to "bereft" in ways like the overall tone. Both tones are of gloomy sadness, and both portray it through their content. Both also involve love, but not being able to have it.

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This song by Eric Carmen is about being alone, and how he doesn't want to be. It's like the poem because both pieces of literature are about being alone, and how it's just killing them.(All By Myself, 1975)

(Afremov, 2008)


All By MyselfEric Carmen

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