TPS-FASTT Analysis

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Poetry
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TPS-FASTT Analysis

Bereft

Benjamin Abrea, P 5

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 down hill to a frothy shore? Summer was past and the day was past.Sombre clouds in the west were massed.Out on the porch's sagging floor,Leaves 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 alone, Word I had no one left but God.

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Bereft

The speaker is questioning where he has heard a specific wind before and what it would take him to stand outside The speaker has a secret: that he was a recluse. His secret was spread. The only person he had left in his house was God.

The speaker must be a recluse, or maybe even a monk in a closed monastery.

1. Epiphora - Line 6 “Summer was past and the day was past.”2. Personification - Lines 9 and 10: “Leaves got up in a coil and hissed, Blindly struck at my knee and missed.”3. Anaphora - Lines 13, 15, and 16: “Word I was/had”4. Rhyme Scheme - AAAAABBACCDDDEDE5. Imagery - "Deeper Roar," "Restive Door," "Frothy Shore," "Sombre clouds," "Porch's sagging floor"

Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California, in 1874. He later moved to New England, and settled there. During his life, he experienced many losses and much pain. Some of these tragedies, such as the suicide of his son and his daughter’s mental condition, may have left Robert writing “Bereft” in his 1928 book, West-Running Brook. Religious subjects were also implemented in his works; he was inspired by his rabbi, Victor Reichert. He had a close friendships with Victor, usually talking about philosophy, poetry, or religion. He didn’t take on the practice of religion, but as it can be inferred in his works, he believed in God, specifically the strict and Old Testament deity. In “Bereft”, God was left with the speaker, in the midst of a storm. The storm might as well have been his shortcomings and life burdens.

In "Bereft," a storm is approaching, and here, in this picture, a man in solitude is waiting for the approaching storm. His secret, loniliness, is becoming known like this picture through this character's flare gun. He must be desperate to be known in his time of isolation.

"Sole Survivor," by Two Steps From Hell

A CONNECTION With MUSIC

A CONNECTION With OTHER POEMS

"SIGNAL" by donmalo

Until line five, the speaker seemed pensive about the wind and the opening of the door, but then sounded grave about the upcoming storm and his secret of solitude.

Pensive, concerned, insecured

The bereft means “taken away from” or “missing.” The title could quite literally mean being deprived of any social interaction and given loneliness or isolation.

The theme involves being taken away from an important element of life, or seclusion in an incoming metaphorical storm. The theme could be being dependant on God when there is no one there to confide in, even in the tragedies of times.

A CONNECTION With ART

O SOLITUDE! if I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,—Nature’s observatory—whence the dell,Its flowery slopes, its river’s crystal swell, 5 May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep ’Mongst boughs pavillion’d, where the deer’s swift leapStartles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.But though I’ll gladly trace these scenes with thee, Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind, 10Whose words are images of thoughts refin’d, Is my soul’s pleasure; and it sure must beAlmost the highest bliss of human-kind, When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

"O' Solitude," by John Keats

TPS-FASTT Analysis

Like "Bereft," the speaker is alone, and with nature's forces. In contrast, "Bereft" gives off a lonely feeling to isolation, while "O' Solitude" gives off a golden feeling to isolation. Both speakers in both poems are dealing with nature's forces, the "Bereft" speaker dealing with the upcoming windy storm, while the "O Solitude" speaker is actually embracing nature over the city life. They both go by similar themes of lonliness and nature's forces, but have a different way of approaching them.

The music "Sole Survivor" relates to "Bereft" because the titles have something to do with being taken away from something: being the only survivor and bereft meaning literally haven taken away. The wordless piece "Sole Survivor" gives an isolated atmosphere like the tone of "Bereft."

About Robert Frost and "Bereft"

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