Robert Frost’s Poetry Vocabulary

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Last updated: December 1, 2019

BOUGH
(n) tree BRANCH (one of the larger or main branches)

DESOLATE
(adj) barren or laid waste; devastated, BARE

DIVERGE
(v) to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off; (SEPARATE)

DOWNY
(adj) of the nature of or resembling bird feathers; (FLUFFY, SOFT)

ETHER
(n) colorless, highly volatile, flammable liquid, having an aromatic odor and sweet, burning taste, used as a SOLVENT and, formerly, as an INHALANT ANESTHETIC

FAIN
(adv) gladly, willingly

GRADE
(v) to incline; slant or slope, classify

HENCE
(adv) as an inference from this fact; FOR THIS REASON, THEREFORE

KEEN
(adj) finely sharpened, as an edge; so shapes as to cut or pierce substances readily; SHARP

MERE
(adj) being nothing more nor better than; MERELY, JUST

PELT
(v) to attack or assail with repeated blows or with missiles; BOMBARD, ATTACK

SCARCELY
(adv) barely; hardly; not quite

STIFLE
(v) to quell, crush, end by force

SUBDUE
(v) to conquer and bring into subjection, CONQUER, DEFEAT, VANQUISH

TREMULOUS
(adj) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness, SHAKY, UNSTEADY

TROUGH
(n) a long, narrow, open receptacle, usually boxlike in shape, used chiefly to hold water or food for animals

VAIN
(adj) without effect or avail; to no purpose; FUTILE, USELESS, POINTLESS

VASTNESS
(n) an immense or boundless expanse or space; ENORMOUSNESS

VEX
(v) to irritate; annoy; provoke

WITHER
(v) to shrivel; fade; decay

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