One by the Pacific

Robert Frost

Jaden Hendzel

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken.

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In my opinion, I analysed this poem after reading a little about the author. I found out as a child that Frost would be sometimes left on the beach while his father would go out for a swim, leaving a young Frost worried and anxious. He would sit and wait for his father to get back, just hoping to see him peer up from the dangerous waves. As a child he saw the storm much more dangerous than it may have been in reality but he still has memories of these frighting times in his childhood. I feel that this poem describes these times well, and shows just how the mind of a young Robert Frost functioned. The dark aspects of this poem allows the reader to dive deeper into the words, and to find a hidden meaning. While reading I was puzzled with the meaning until I researched the author and found out who he was and his past. Even without research, I found that Frost had a negative outlook on these times and the words revealed his anxiety. Although this poem was dark, I found his colorful language beautiful and well crafted.


Jaden Hendzel