The blending of Fact and Fancy in Frost’s poetry

Robert Frost, in complete Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874, January 29, 1963), is an American poet who was much admired for his depictions of the rural life of New England, his command of American colloquial speech, and his realistic verse portraying ordinary people in everyday situations. In his poetry, he has blended the concept of fact and fancy very profoundly.   

More Notes: Robert Frost

Fact and fancy constitute two central planks in Frost’s poetry. Though he is a realist, in the core of thought, there is a delightful interplay of fact and fancy in his poems, such as After Apple-Picking, Mowing, Birches, and To Earthward. The flight towards heaven is a quest for perfection that our human world denies. But a momentary touch with the ‘perfect’ satisfies Frost, for he is willing to come back with acceptance of earth’s reality. The blend of fact and fancy shows Frost’s acute awareness of the ‘sick hurry’ and ‘divided aims’ of human life. But he also knows the right choice to make.  

More Notes: Suggestions

To conclude, he considers that fact deals with practical life and fancy deals with imagination. In the mind of Robert Frost, there is a delightful interplay of fact and fancy. Robert Frost’s poems express his thought and feeling.  

Rashedul Islam
Rashedul Islam

Hi, This is Rashedul. Researcher and lecturer of English literature and Linguistics.

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