Here is the paragraph we wrote today on ‘A Frosty Night’:
5. There are lots of interesting phrases. For example: ‘You looked a ghost or angel’. In this quotation, the words ‘ghost’ and ‘angel’ are opposites. Ghosts are dead, and perhaps threatening, whereas angels are more positive, and protective. Alice is both. Secondly, Graves describes Alice’s heart as ‘fire and snow’. In this quotation the words ‘fire’ and ‘snow’ are also opposites. These words suggest that Alice’s heart is hot and cold – hot perhaps with love (for her lover) and cold for her mother. Furthermore, the imagery of the ‘Stars danc[ing] in the sky’ tells us that this poem has elements of fantasy. In the real world, ‘stars’ do not ‘dance’ in the sky. There is a magical quality to this poem.
6. In this poem, relationships between parents and children are difficult. The mother wants to know what is happening in Alice’s life; Alice wants privacy. The poem suggests that children will not stay young forever. Growing up brings with it tensions and conflict.