My Inquiry: I wondered about the words Frost uses that make up the imagery in his poems. Since imagery appeals to the senses, and therefore helps the reader feel present in the poem's setting, I decided to look for words with visceral connotations. I wanted to look at which senses seemed to be used the most, and their frequencies.

My hypothesis: I think the visceral words will be more common than the abstract words.

Word Cloud results needed editing. Stop Words: pdf; robert; frost; public; domain; pages; northofboston; robert_newhampshire


The word cloud results had me seeing words that require sight or feel to comprehend them. Additional stop words, too abstract: say (11), like (12), gone (4), love (5).

Focused on these: water = 21; Wood(s) = 17; know* = 17; tree(s) = 17; apple(s) = 11; sleep = 8; dead = 5; ground = 5; leaves = 4;

I noticed that these are words children tend to learn first, what they point to and name before they build sentences as speakers. I do see the visceral words as more numerous than some of the abstract, but some are about equal.