Teaching: An Allegory
It was National Poetry Month and Mr. Deadmeat was preparing his Robert Frost lesson plans in anticipation of Principal Istabteachersintheback coming to observe his classroom. It was a symbolism lesson plan involving the poems of Robert Frost.
It did not go well.
Tim Burgerflipper insisted that the mending wall was a stone wall Frost’s neighbor put up. Janet Textallthetime insisted that “The Road Not Taken” was simply about a walk Frost took with his cat one morning. Simeon Neverturninwork insisted that “Nothing Gold Can Stay” was a poem about autumn.
Mr. Deadmeat was dead meat.
But you can avoid this fate with this symbolism in the poems of Robert Frost lesson plan.
Let’s not fool around. I’ll just give you the graphic organizer to save you the trouble of scrolling to the bottom of the page. Keep on reading, though, and you’ll find the greatest song ever recorded. We’ll also discuss some important symbols.
Symbolism in the Poems of Robert Frost
Oh, here are some more lesson ideas for Frost’s poems. Now, let’s take a look at some symbols.
"The Mending Wall" - The obvious symbol is the wall, which the poem's speaker associates with fear, hatred, bigotry, or anything else that prevents humans from associating with one another amicably.
- "I Have Been Acquainted with the Night" - Night symbolizes death or loneliness depending on the interpretation. Either way, Frost is acquainted with it. It's more of a nostalgic poem than an "I'm so depressed and miserable" poem.
- "The Road Not Taken" - A common theme in many of Frost's poems is the importance of choices and their far reaching consequences. The two roads that "diverged in a yellow wood" represent a difficult choice.
- "Nothing Gold Can Stay" - The “leaf’s first green” symbolizes innocence, the hardest stage in life to hold and one that lasts so precious little time. There’s probably some sexual connotation involved with “flower,” but I’ll let you explore that on your own.
- "Fire and Ice" - Fire and ice appear in the title and are repeated twice in the poem. They form the central concrete images in the poem and represent extremism and the inherent danger of taking things too far.
How about a song!?!?