Abigail Covington Everything and Nothing: An Analysis of “The Most of It” Robert Frost was a complex writer who gloried in multiple meanings, particularly in double meanings, and basked in the power of irony, and understatement. Many of his early poems including “The Road Not Taken”, “Fire and Ice”, and “After Apple Picking”, serve as classic examples of his use of multiple meanings and are also solid representations of his ambivalence towards nature, mankind, and religion. Frost was wary of the world and his feelings towards nature and mankind were tainted by doubt and suspicion. It is this ambiguous poetry that Frost became most famous for but in Frost’s poem “The Most of It”, he moves away from this ambiguity and creates a concrete ideal. This poem can be considered Frost’s thesis about the world, it encapsulates his opinion on humanity and answers questions that he skirted around in previous poems. In this poem Frost discusses familiar themes of loneliness, nature, and humanity but ends up coming to a conclusion that summarizes the contrasting themes and images in the poem, proposes a solution to dealing with loneliness, and outlines what he considers a proper, human, reaction to nature. By means of rhetorical techniques like diction, imagery, and rhyme and meter, Frost creates a poem that quietly and subtly insists that a person has the power to choose how to interpret nature and his significance in the world. He can refuse to find meaning in anything or search frantically for it but, in the end, it is up to a man to “make the most” of what surrounds him.