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Essay heading: Abandonment and Singularity in Robert Frost's Poetry.
 
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It is an autumn evening in New England. He intrudes a poorly kept, abandoned home where there is no one to intrude on. Paradoxically, he attempts to count the people who are not there. The census-taker realizes after many hours that this house is the only evidence of civilization for many miles surrounded by cliffs...
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The windy evening meets the neglected, dilapidated home only to shake creaky walls. At one point, the census-taker feels compelled to scoop an ax-handle from the floor to defend him from the sound of nothingness smothering him. His resolve later is to leave the desolate location. Beyond the moral parable of “The Census-Taker,” Frost puzzles the reader with this notion: How should you count zero? What does one do with the number zero? Is there morality in the number zero? In the opening sixteen lines, Frost ties the tightest rope he can around the idea of “one...
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