“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life.” “The Figure a Poem Makes”.
I agree with what Robert Frost says in the above quote. When I read poetry, I find that there is a flow that each poet displays in a different form. Although, each poem wants to convey an idea and express a feeling towards a particular topic or just generally tell a story. From Robert Frost’s words, I find that his idea is present in many forms of poetry. With the first stanza, the words are there to bring you into the poem and enclose you within the hidden meaning, by the end of the poem it leaves the reader with words of wisdom that provoke thought and emotion. Throughout the poem, the poet tells their story and events which are there purposely and almost by chance which is where the phrase “runs a course of lucky events”, from Robert Frost gets the idea. Within a poem, there is an aspect of meaning behind a different part of life which a poet hopes to portray as well and when the poem ends is usually the best point due to how the last line can provoke thought and leave the reader lingering. A poem that displays this idea is “Road to Gundagai” by Banjo Patterson. Within the short poem, it starts of adventurous as the man the audience follows goes along the road to Gundagai from Tumut town. Now the start is full of delight as the events play out, the environment and trip have a joyful tone as the man walks along it. The poem than introduces a woman and the theme of the poem becomes an adventure with love. But the tone swiftly changes when the man sees the girl he was walking behind kiss an unknown man and the poem ends with a depressing tone. The poem ends with the lingering words, “The lonely road to Gundagai”, which creates the idea about how much failed love can ruin a trip that seemed joyful and the start and then change to a lonely trip.