A poet’s biography is vital to the primary text because it offers background information to the audience. This helps in connecting the poet’s plot with the inspiration derived from the historical backgrounds. For instance, in Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” depicts the poet’s love for nature (Frost 9). This is because he was born in San Francisco but grew up in hoary regions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As a result, the biography helps the audience to understand why the poet chose to write about nature and snowy atmosphere. A poet’s biography also enhances the context in which the poem was written such that the figurative speeches symbolize the meanings (Fagan 371). Although the poem’s interpretation takes different perspectives of nature and suicide, the poet’s biography sheds some light on the prevalent themes conveyed.
Robert Frost’s poems were representations of New England, having stayed there in his youthful years. He developed his literary skills in England before returning to the US where he published more poems. The literary language and situations in his poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a manifestation of his upbringing (Fagan 371). This is because of the approach the poem takes to convey the love for nature theme, which critics confuse for suicidal tendencies. As a result, his biography enables the audience to relate nature, suicide and his life as a poet until his death. It is apparent that the snowy environment in the US-inspired Frost to write about nature as compared to suicide. He is also a celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner for the exceptional pieces he composed concerning nature and literary eloquence (Meyers 6).
Fagan, Deirdre J. Critical Companion to Robert Frost: A Literary Reference to His Life and
Work. New York: Facts on File, 2007. Internet resource.
Frost, Robert. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Diane Pub Co, 2004.
Meyers, Jeffrey. Robert Frost: A Biography. Boston u.a: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Print.