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Robert Frost - Reluctance

Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last long aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question 'Whither?'

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

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Reluctance - Comments and Information

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 30. Reluctance
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: Published/Written in 1913
Poem of the Day: Nov 25 2002

Comment 11 of 11, added on February 10th, 2012 at 12:34 PM.

Happy shab-e-yalda (winter soistlce night) everyone!Many fond memories of the family gathering around a Korsi(oh, just look it up) and drinking chai and eating gaz, sohaan, zolbia, and bamieh.

Carroll from Austria
Comment 10 of 11, added on March 12th, 2010 at 1:16 PM.
lost of a love

i loved the poem

srhtr from United States
Comment 9 of 11, added on October 11th, 2009 at 10:09 PM.

For me, the power of this poem lies in this: Almost the whole poem is spent painting a vivid picture, creating an atmosphere of splendid seasonal melancholy. Only in the very last line does Frost twist the focus and thrust that feeling into the reader's heart like a knife.

Fran Sunderland from United States

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