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Analysis and comments on Reluctance by Robert Frost

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Comment 4 of 14, added on January 11th, 2006 at 7:08 PM.

The wonderous heart had seen and felt a lot while try to find the meaning
in the void that was left after the disappearance of love.
The world chosen by the author lead the reader to think that something is
wrong and everything hurts .It is love…seen at its sunset descends and ”is
”And looked at the world, and descended;/i have come by the highway home
/And Io it is ended”.
The choice of the season is not left to chance ,seems the imagery comes to
the thoughts of the author through very vivid images :”The leaves are all
dead on the ground”,”over the crusted snow”,”scraping and creeping”,”and
the dead leaves lie huddled and still,/no longer blown hither and
The snow ,even though is suggesting purity and maybe a new beginning, is
crusted which means that everything is frozen starting with nature and
ending with the flame of love :”the last aster is gone/ the flowers of
the witch-hazel wither”.
The pain suffered due to this twilight(”the heart is still aching to
seek”)is emphasize by the fact that there seems to be no purpose left ,no
tomorrow,no shores to be looking for(”but the feet question’Whither’ ”).
It seems that with this loss there comes lack of purpose and desire to
fiind a meaningful answer to all this.
The poem ends with a rethorical question which comprises a general truth
not yet found .It is a question addressed to the Gods or maybe to the human
nature which is so mysterious and difficult to comprehend .
This last question can be a cry for an answer that will never come , but
will hunt the mind of the man/person who finds it difficult to yield in
front of reality because the heart of that person will see this acceptance
of defeat as a treason
even though she cannot change irreversible facts.
The message is a simple one which states that no matter
the time or the place this state of facts will always be the same ,because
man can never bow in front of the evidence and accept that which faith or
the Gods has chosen for him.
He will always question them and look for an answer and fight against all
odds to succeed in preserving this feeling of love that makes him happy.
So season may come and go and so may love but the heart of man will always
consider it a treason”to bow and accept the end of a love or a season”.
It is human hubris that will make man fight and never accept the evidence
of facts that everything is mortal and passing in this world and that you
can never preserve ,that which is ephemeral but in the same time so
beautiful(last stanza*)... The whole poem is an
environmental metaphor since the loss of love is compared with the end of
autumn and the choice of epiteths helps the author creat a vivd imagery of
loss ,lament and grief.
Yet the end leaves place for hope because it is the question nature of man
that keeps him going.

Faurar Magda from Romania
Comment 3 of 14, added on October 7th, 2005 at 5:30 AM.

Read this poem, and the last stanza, when you're feeling desperate and
drawn to give away your ideals or when you feel like you're losing your
love - it doesn't make things better, but it makes you feel proud of at
least not "going with the drift of things".

Daniel from Germany
Comment 2 of 14, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 7:44 AM.

Im still amazed at how effectively Robert Frost is able to use
environmental metaphors. This poem is very good.

Luke from United States
Comment 1 of 14, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 9:46 AM.

My father used the last stanza of this poem on a notice he sent out when
our Golden Retriever, Mick, died of cancer. When I read this I can't help
but think of man's reluctance to give up a moment in nature.

Maybe the same is true for dogs.

Annie from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 30. Reluctance
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: 1913
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 25 2002

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