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Below, you’ll find a range of essay questions on Robert Frost and his poems. There are two types of questions: Comparative and Discursive. The comparative questions will ask you to compare two poems specifically, the discursive will ask you to ‘comment’ on or ‘discuss’ the poems without specifically requiring a comparison. I hope they’re useful!

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Essay Questions from various Frost’s poems:

Comment closely on ways in which the following poem explores individuality (The Road Not Taken)
Compare the effects of two poems which Frost sets in wintertime.
Comment closely on ways in which this extract from ‘The Ax-Helve’ presents the encounter between the two men. (Extract from ‘I’ve known ere now an interfering branch … As well tonight as any night.’)
Write a critical comparison of the following poems, considering in detail ways in which your responses are shaped by the writers’ language, form and style ‘Stopping by Woods’ and ‘The Road Not Taken’.
With reference to two poems, discuss the ways in which Frost’s poetry explores spirituality and religion.
Comment closely on ways in which the following poem portrays fear. (Out Out) 
Compare ways in which Frost presents the natural world in two poems.
Comment closely on ways in which this extract, the opening of ‘The Black Cottage’, presents the cottage. ‘We chanced in passing by that afternoon….A little cottage this has always seemed…’
Compare ways in which two of Frost’s poems explore feelings of grief.
Compare ways in which Frost presents rural life in two poems.
Comment closely on ways in which the following poem portrays the interaction between humans and nature. (There are Roughly Zones ) 
Comment closely on ways in which the following poem portrays attitudes to death. (Birches
Compare ways in which Frost presents the tension between tradition and progress in two poems.

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