Indicative discoveries summoned by a perception of wonder and curiosity validate the growth and development of oneself and others. The process of discovery scrutinises the conventional uncovering of one’s self through intensely meaningful aspects that may be emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual. They can also be confronting and provocative. Robert Frost’s poems, Mending wall (1914), pre WW1 Home Burial (1914) and Tuft of flowers (1913) attain inevitable discoveries that exemplify the discovery hidden within The motorcycle diaries composed in 1993 by Ernesto Che Guevara which depicts Che’s socialism with clear correlation to nature as it paints an intimate portrait of Che Guevara before he became the legendary revolutionary we know today. The themes revealed in the poems will be explored further and contrasted to the conventions conveyed in the book.
Human progress and barriers are explored through the instincts of the persona which heighten the sense of wonder and curiosity. The wall dividing the neighbour and the protagonist in the text Mending Wall creates a foreshadowed boundary that the persona mocks and attempts to take down. The incorporation of Strong Graphology portrays continuous writing. This highlights the conventions being adhered to by the neighbour as it represents the wall itself. The neighbour clings to his aphorism making the speaker question him. He tries to reason and the ‘we’ pronoun becomes replaced by the repetitive ‘I’. Isaac Newton himself once expressed that ‘ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges’. The speaker attempts to showcase the prominence of this quote that the neighbour cannot grasp. This ideology of a barrier is further depicted through the poem Home Burial which contrasts differing perceptions of the mother and father over the death of their child, disengaging their relationship. There appears to be strong influences that enabled Frost to articulate this poem with such powerful emotions and this may be due to his personal grief that he suffered over the death of his children and partner. There is a consistent barrier throughout the structure of this poem. This poem is seemingly different to Frost’s other poems as he expresses grief through dialogue and a narrative. The line “Tell me about it if it’s something human. Let me into your grief…give me a chance” symbolises verbal confrontation and his desire to approach and appease her, when he notices the view from the window. This allows for dramatic lyric to heighten the plot, a continuous emotionally charged scene that uses dialogue to voice his opinion and try to mend their relationship. Speaking to the stones that make up the barrier, he says, “Stay where you are until our backs are turned!” this further illustrates the burden that they face and how this impacts their connection.
The motorcycle diaries explores the hidden self-discovery with a central theme of travelogue sparked through the internal senses of wonder and curiosity. In the text Tuft of flowers, the protagonist has gone out to turn the grass. Whoever mowed the grass has left, for there are no signs of his presence leaving the speaker alone and isolated. A butterfly captures the attention of the speaker and leads his gaze to a tuft of flowers, which the mower chose to leave intact. The patch left by his fellow worker causes the speaker to feel that he is no longer alone. There is a sense of understanding between the speaker and the mower, because an appreciation of beauty unites them. This correlates to the theme acknowledged in the text The motorcycle diaries as friendship is clear between the two doctors as they travel on their journey. The poem tuft of flowers explores the existence of a sense of brotherhood with another labourer. There’s a paradox in the line “men work together whether they work together or apart.” The poem illustrates how discovery can include the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed.
The poet illustrates significant emotions that may be due to personal complications experienced throughout his lifetime that enable the exploration of wonder. He uses nature as a supposed method to heal the pain. The poem Mending wall attains conventions that reference to the future ‘I wonder if I could’ and the inclusion of the past with ‘old stone savage’. The speaker is confused and lost between two worlds, two different elements that he can no longer crawl out of. The repetition of the line ‘good fences make good neighbours’ creates a cyclical pattern that can’t be escaped from, symbolising how people are trapped in conventions and traditions and how the speaker wonders about ways to escape. That sense of wonder is further perceived in the poem Home burial as the line ‘I thought who is that man? I didn’t know you. And I crept down the stairs and up the stair’, symbolises the self-discovery that the mother faces as she really doesn’t know her husband. The stairs can be a metaphor to symbolise the wife’s retreat as she no longer knows him. The significant emotions are once again witnessed in the text Tuft of flowers; Frost uses peaceful images to relate the feeling of his poem. The tranquil feeling is supported by the presence of a silent butterfly. In Greek literature, the butterfly was a symbol of the psyche or the soul. This depicts the emotions that the ‘The motorcycle diaries’ regards in terms of the human consciousness and the ability to communicate ways to help others efficiently. Che is conveying the metaphoric discontent of the Latin American people represented with poverty due to the confronting corruption of society.
Frost conveys the psychological disclosure of our choices determining the hidden outcomes of our lives. In Mending wall the speaker discovers an alternative point of view, the dramatic irony within the self-discovery as he is averse to repairing the wall, deeming it as unnecessary; he is the one who finally succumbs to the process, an ultimate admission of ownership and individuality. The narrator finally selects the day for mending which provides a valuable opportunity for the two men to communicate in what is otherwise an isolated rural setting. Self-discoveries are also present within the text ‘Home Burial’ as the husband begins to understand the reasons for her anxiety through emotional tone, the poet appeals to rationality and thus communicates a more powerful emotional statement as the husband discloses “Just that I see”. The fragility and brevity of life triggered by rational or sudden and unexpected decisions determine the final results in which Frost is intending to display. Significantly, in the text ‘Tuft of flowers’ Frost configures strong negative connotations of the language “levelled”, “keen”, “blade” and “gone”‘. These scenes symbolise the metaphor for the persona’s perception of life and the world. Che Guevara is confronted with the remains of the Inca culture, displaced communist Chileans, and exploited Peruvian Indians, and the film depicts scenes as he matures from the innocent but questioning Ernesto to the future “El Che,” a leader of Latin American people. Stages within this self-discovery are depicted as Ernesto disembarks the journey with an internal transformation as he uncovers the alternative abhorrent world surrounding him.
Fundamentally, experiences allow us to emotionally react to situations transforming our outlook on the wider world. Frost travels and discovers alone as a response to emotional pain, Che Guevara is able to reflect with his companion and share a sense of camaraderie with others. Uniting them is a sense of wonder and curiosity evoking the need to unravel the depth of grief.