TERROR OF THE FLUX

Dr. Pushpa Michael

Abstract


Robert Frost deals with mutability of human relations and human existence. This is seconded by his nature lyrics where the landscape demonstrates this fact of mutability incessantly and obviously. Man’s awareness of flux brings the unwelcome guest of fear which is ever ready to breed its progeny of seen and unseen fears. Man, unaided, finds it difficult to flush it out of the house of his self. He seeks the help of reason sometimes and of instinct or emotion at other times to enable him to continue his search for meaning of his existence on this earth. On the other hand human pride and ambition tend to take too much credit. Man should rather consider himself fortunate to have achieved whatever he has because the God he serves is arbitrary and incomprehensible. Man’s best may not prove worthy in heaven’s sight. In the autumn of life when everything is heading towards an end, the poet figure is seen as no fugitive, no escapist. He realizes he must decline the call to mutability and live on courageously. His sense of fear of death disappears when his courage appears.

Keywords


Mutability, doomsday, existential fear of death, romantic cry of despair, practical approach to life, fear of God.

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