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Analysis and comments on My November Guest by Robert Frost

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Comment 20 of 120, added on November 20th, 2008 at 12:04 PM.

This poem is very confusing and hoorific it seems like the old fart is
trying to commit suicide crazy coot

john from United States
Comment 19 of 120, added on June 9th, 2008 at 6:18 PM.

I feel the poems relates to his wife. The wording/meanings are
straight-forward but the first line, last verse bugs me. Why does he say
'Not yesterday I learned to know'? Can someone enlighten me? Also 'were'
should be 'was' shouldn't it?! carolineglen.com

CAROLINE GLEN from Australia
Comment 18 of 120, added on May 8th, 2008 at 1:49 PM.

the first time i read the poem, all i could think about was what he used to
set a mood. Usually, when an author uses sentences like "faded earth, heavy
sky," it is to set a gloomy mood in which he succeeds. I thought it was
about a woman who was changing his life, and broadening his view of the
world. But then I read it again and again, and i think that the poem really
has to do with him, and only him. He can choose to dislike and begrudge
change, gloominess, and desolation. But he doesnt- he learns to embrace it
and realize that theres something meaningful in every detail. He can't deny
his sorrow, but he doesn't succumb to it, he uses it to change his views on
the world. It can be interpreted many ways though- and i think the way that
people see it is what tells more about them, which i think poets are always
trying to tell their readers.

Mercedes from United States
Comment 17 of 120, added on June 21st, 2007 at 6:18 AM.

I am happy to read all this succes: you deserve it completely. Proud to
work with you in Boston, next june. Please, take all the good thoughts
streaming from my heart to you...

Mistifica from Morocco
Comment 16 of 120, added on June 17th, 2007 at 2:03 AM.

I am happy to read all this succes: you deserve it completely. Proud to
work with you in Boston, next june. Please, take all the good thoughts
streaming from my heart to you...

Mistifica from Moldova
Comment 15 of 120, added on June 9th, 2007 at 9:15 PM.

Fiona Cameron noted two transcription mistakes. There is another, The
next to the last line should read, :|"But it were vain to tell her so," not
"he so". If you are going to post poetry, make certain to quote it
accurately, or don't post it.

Chris Coughlin from United States
Comment 14 of 120, added on April 19th, 2007 at 10:03 AM.

When i hear this poem it reminds me of the loves i have lost and the loves
i have had and the loves that are still to come....

Danny from United States
Comment 13 of 120, added on January 14th, 2007 at 8:47 PM.

I took this poem to mean that you have to fight the urge to give in to the
depression, but after my father read it to me, and i listened to what he
thought. i now believe that the whole message of the poem is that the fact
is that fall is the winding down season. It is the season of less day-light
and little outdoor activities (in general). It can feel quite lonely and
depressing just to look outside, but you have to realize that everyone is
feeling similar to you. Instead of denying that you are depressed and
slowly succumbing to it without realizing and have it become part of you,
you should just realize that it happens every year, stick it out, and it
will be over in a couple months.

Steve M from United States
Comment 12 of 120, added on April 15th, 2006 at 2:08 PM.

I believe that in this poem Frost is speaking of his wife. It was written
after they moved back to the United States from England and after thier son
committed suicied as well as after thier eldest daughter having to be
commited to a hospital for the mentaly insane. Both Frost and his wife had
been through a lot and still they held thier family togeather. Frost
commited many that the most important things to him were his family first
and then his writing. his wife was in his words his inspiration.

G.Kats from United States
Comment 11 of 120, added on March 13th, 2006 at 11:43 PM.

This is one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, or anybody, for that
matter. I think it speaks of a depression not only one might feel at the
close of a year/ season, but of our life as well. It definitely alludes to
what I've interpreted as suicide. It seems vaguely optimistic, though, in
the the end:
"...but they are better for her praise."
Perhaps Frost is refering to that when we've gone through depression, we
begin to appreciate certain things. I dunno...I just love it.

Jess Cerqueira from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 3. My November Guest
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: 1913
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 21 2009


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