How you will do it

  1. Read “To the Thawing Wind” (Boy’s Will) and “The Pasture” (North of Boston) at The Bartleby Library: Robert Frost. Then answer the three questions in the opening section of Reading Frost’s Poetry.
  2. Your teacher will assign you one Frost poem to study. Respond to the questions in section two of Reading Frost’s Poetry.
  3. To prepare for a presentation, follow the instructions under Class Presentation in Reading Frost’s Poetry.
  4. If required by your teacher, study one of the following enrichment readings: “After Apple-picking” (North of Boston), “Out, Out–” (Mountain Interval), or “Death of a Hired Man” (North of Boston). Be prepared to offer insights.
  5. Make your presentation as directed by your teacher.

Introduction: “To the Thawing Wind” and “The Pasture”

  1. Write down words that directly refer to nature in both poems.
  2. After considering the poems’ general content and the poet’s word choices, write a short comment explaining the speakers’ attitudes toward nature.
  3. Describe the character and personality of the speaker that is suggested by the mood and content of each poem.

“The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” and “Mending Wall”

You will be assigned one of the following poems to study: “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” and “Mending Wall.” Answer the following questions for the poem assigned to you.

  1. List every detail about nature and explain the mood or atmosphere that is communicated by each reference.
  2. Identify and explain any other details that convey mood or atmosphere.
  3. Identify specific activities or actions that occur in the poem.
  4. Determine the central action or activity of the poem. If this activity is viewed as a metaphor for some major life process, name the process. (Consider the choice of a path in “The Road Not Taken,”climbing to the top of the trees in “Birches,”and picking up stones and rebuilding the fence in “Mending Wall.”)
  5. What is the central message, lesson, or meaning of the poem?

Class Presentation

Using the questions as a guide, write an outline of the main points needed to explain your understanding of the poem to someone who has not thought about the poem in detail as you have. Be certain this outline includes responses to the questions above, though not necessarily in the same order.

  1. Meet with all the other students who have studied the same poem. Share your outline and ideas.
  2. Create a master outline of the most important and insightful ideas to present to those who have not yet read the poem. Be certain this outline includes the best responses to the questions above.

Introduction to Presentations

Research Robert Frost as a person and as a writer. The presentation should address the following questions:

  1. Who was Robert Frost as a person? What was his family like?
  2. Why is Frost America’s most popular poet?