Analysis of A Cliff Dwelling

Robert Lee Frost 1874 (San Francisco, California) – 1963 ( Boston, Massachusetts)



There sandy seems the golden sky
And golden seems the sandy plain.
No habitation meets the eye
Unless in the horizon rim,
Some halfway up the limestone wall,
That spot of black is not a stain
Or shadow, but a cavern hole,
Where someone used to climb and crawl
To rest from his besetting fears.
I see the callus on his soul
The disappearing last of him
And of his race starvation slim,
Oh years ago - ten thousand years.


Scheme ABACDBEDFECCF
Poetic Form
Metre 11010101 01010101 1010101 01000101 1111011 11111101 1110101 1111101 11110101 11010111 0010111 01110101 11011101
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 407
Words 80
Sentences 3
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 13
Lines Amount 13
Letters per line (avg) 25
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 331
Words per stanza (avg) 80
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Robert Lee Frost

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. Known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime and is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont.  more…

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