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Analysis and comments on Revelation by Robert Frost

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Comment 10 of 270, added on October 25th, 2010 at 7:02 PM.

Some people have a hard time revealing who they really are, to their own
hurt.

frumpo from United States
Comment 9 of 270, added on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:08 PM.

this poem is about lying about are selves and then are true colors being
shown...afterwARDS...we are left with nothing but our own body, mind and
soul..

jack dainels mcslim shady from Brunei Darussalam, Negara
Comment 8 of 270, added on February 9th, 2010 at 7:48 AM.
Linguistics and English literature

This poem carries the same Frostian theme that of extinction, isolation and
break in relation. The poet, "the seeker", loses his friends, "the hiders",
in this life that resembles "hide and seek" and is all alone, desperately
searching his friends, those departed, in hope that they might speak and
apprise where they are.

Imranullah from Pakistan
Comment 7 of 270, added on November 19th, 2009 at 6:14 PM.
the poem

your all wrong

john spastics from Australia
Comment 6 of 270, added on January 28th, 2009 at 5:47 PM.

There's definitely a typo - the first stanza should say "heart" not hear.

T
Comment 5 of 270, added on September 15th, 2008 at 4:10 PM.

actually there are no typos in this poem. that is how the poem was
written. everyone should know that.

zachary from United States
Comment 4 of 270, added on May 17th, 2006 at 1:55 PM.

O.K. I don't think I've gotten to the bottom of this one yet, but I have a
feeling that this poem is more about the seeker than the hider. The
surface reading is that, yes, we create personas for ourselves, and
therefore alienate ourselves from each other ("a place
apart...afar...away"). Also, the speaker says that in the end, those of us
who are too good at concealing ourselves are forced to "speak and tell us
where they are." However, I think Frost thinks it unfortunate that the
hider must give himself away. Think about hide and seek. The fun of the
game is the power struggle, the difficulty of finding a good hider. What
happens though, when someone is too good at hiding? The seeker says, "I
give up. Where are you?" Unless the hider wants to be abandoned and left
completely alone, he is forced to yell out, "I'm in the closet." This
ruins the game, and takes away that exciting moment for both players when
the discovery is made (the revelation!). The same goes for our personas.
If we are always stating our literal feelings to try to "inspire the
understanding of a friend," we are giving away our hiding places. The true
joy in relationships is when we don't just give ourselves away, but we are
found "really out." In other words, the moment of revelation can never
happen if the hiders out themselves, and the seekers quit seeking. The
same goes for God, this poem, and all mysteries. They hide themselves
behind metaphor, for when the true seekers find them out, they are blessed
with the bliss of revelation.

Jordan from United States
Comment 3 of 270, added on February 6th, 2006 at 2:32 PM.

I like the comments on this one. May I also recommend Frost's "Reluctance"
to you? This poem reminds me of the Beatles' song, "You've Got to Hide
Your Love Away," but it seems to contradict that title; the truth will out,
and love will reveal and declare itself -- or so we wish. I do not hear
triumph in this claim, just hopefulness. To "find us really out" is a
great phrase, with its surprising, hopeful, stress on "really." Sadly,
such opportunities to really find an "agitated heart" fail to prosper in
many cases, and this reflection prevents my judging the poem naive.

The second stanza's abstract, academic, or legalistic structure, as a
proposition (!) in a "case," demonstrates one way of hiding and avoiding
connection. The "pity" that such a heart may need to literally say, "I
love you" rings playfully and ironically for me, but the "Must speak..."
may only be a condition for ending loneliness rather than an innate
pressure or compulsion. In the ambiguity of Frost's intention, as I read
it, and in his call for us to identify with both the hider and the finder,
that I find a connection to personal doubts. I am grateful for the
understanding of a friend, and that may be the deepest need of the
heart.


John MacRae Fox from United States
Comment 2 of 270, added on November 30th, 2004 at 6:19 PM.

Two typos need fixed in the poem.

1st. section third line should read
"But oh, the agitated heart"

3rd section second line should read
"At hide-and-seek to God afar,"


Wendy from United States
Comment 1 of 270, added on November 17th, 2004 at 5:15 PM.

This poem is so powerful. At first glance it may be confusing to understand
what Frost is conveying, but I believe that he is conveying many of us,
especially Americans. We hide behind different facades, or personas, and
pretend to be people who we are not. Really, on the inside, we want others
to know us though- by the "agitated heart" line. We have to tell others
where we are though, who we are, what we truly think- especially if we are
very good at hiding (see the third stanza)

Bob Hartman from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 20. Revelation
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: 1913
Added: Feb 1 2004
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