Posted at 11.24.2018
He begins by saying She is as in a field a silken tent on line 1. The tent this is a metaphor for a woman or women in general, whilst the field where it is defined perhaps represents society and her family. The woman is a 'silken tent', silken here suggests femininity as opposed to the rough canvas of other such tents. The centre pole symbolises the soul of the woman, whilst her personality is represented by the capricious breeze that causes the tent to go and sway, reflecting her limited freedom. Just like a tent, a woman also has strong support inside of her, being her spirit, which includes constraints on her behalf freedom in a similar way the guy ropes would contain the 'silken tent' in place.
Frost has cleverly reflected the relationship between a tent and a woman in the form of the poem. The poem is one long, graceful sentence that is completely free and relaxed in its manner, whilst being held within the strict boundaries of the Shakespearean sonnet form. Just as, the poem describes a female whose life unfolds in an exceedingly relaxed, natural way, within numerous strict boundaries.
The tent metaphor works correctly to represent a female, as the tent seemingly stands alone in complete freedom, before sway causes the guy ropes to apply gentle pressure and she actually is sharply reminded of her responsibility as duty calls her to return to her place. It reflects the theory that there surely is bondage in the life span of the woman, meaning that ultimately she is free but within her confinement. Although she actually is not "strictly held", she is like the tent "loosely bound" with many ties that are revealed whenever a "capricious breeze" comes into play. As the wind blows, symbolising the idea that chaos will happen, the girl remains strong, maintaining her femininity and beauty.
Another interpretation through the symbolic language could be suggesting a relationship between a guy and a female. Like silk, the woman is light, smooth and precious, like the partnership they share. The spiritual dimension of their relationship is obvious within the language as Frost writes, "its supporting central cedar pole, That is its pinnacle to heavenward". The pole also represents the masculine strength and support for the feminine side, which is the 'silken tent'. Maybe it's interpreted that there are sexual connotations behind the imagery of the silken tent and the central pole being the "pinnacle to heavenward".
The tent is imagined "At midday when a sunny summer breeze Has dried the dew", any morning dew which would have soaked the tent's guy ropes to make sure they are taut have evaporated, and the ropes are actually "gently" swaying. At a subconscious level, this imagery conveys a feeling that the girl being described is not tense or nervous, but is relaxed and comfortable to be around. It does not reflect the theory that the woman is 'blown around' by just of wind, but is strong. The woman's 'job' in a way is usually to be warm and pleasant, "a sunny summer breeze". Online 13, "capriciousness of summer air" signifies the naughty, more playful side of the woman, 'summer air' being the more passionate side to her nature. The tent's pole conveys the strength and almost backbone of her character, having the ability to be free within her confinement with happiness. Her character derives in part from her deep attachment to relatives and buddies, from "countless silken ties of love and thought". It symbolises the theory that she is very much at ease in her situation; her relationships do not entangle or bind her to limit her freedom.
Although the poem sounds relaxed and peaceful, like 'the sunny summer breeze', the underlying message is about the bondage of women in "silken ties" to family and society generally. The primary symbol shows that women are tied in place by their love, loyalty and trust to everything around them, be that their family or society. The very last line is seemingly important, "slightest bondage", showing here that the girl is owned by the person and the ones in her life, in the end she'll never be completely free from the 'ties' and 'poles' holding her down.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci was compiled by John Keats in the first 19th century, towards the finish of the "Romantic period". It is eventually about the dangers of obsession, mainly that of a romantic or erotic kind, but looking closely comparisons can be drawn between this and Robert Frost's The Silken Tent.
One of the biggest symbols Keats explores within La Belle Dame Sans Merci is that of nature and flowers. He uses the nature of the knight's surroundings to add to the tone of the poem, creating a desolate and empty setting. Online 3, the speaker says, "The sedge has wither'd from the Lake" This suggestion of it being autumn adds connotations of later years and imminent death, suggesting the inevitable outcome of the Knight by the finish. The suggestion that it's autumn is manufactured clear by line 4, "no birds sing". The absence of birds makes the setting seem to be bleak and isolated. This leaves an empty setting where in fact the unknown speaker and the knight are seemingly the sole two living things amongst the landscape. Keats purposefully chose this as his setting to mirror the knight's own emotional desolation.