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Analysis and comments on The Trial by Existence by Robert Frost

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Comment 7 of 24, added on October 25th, 2010 at 7:06 PM.

Only the courageous choose to live, and we choose our fate.

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Comment 6 of 24, added on March 11th, 2010 at 2:42 PM.
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Comment 5 of 24, added on February 4th, 2010 at 3:30 PM.

Oh first reading I thought this was about the final judgement. But on
reading it again, I think it's rather the opposite of that.
The whole poem seems to describe a scene, a scene in the afterlife (I would
say Heaven but since the fields of asphodel are mentioned I think it's
both).
The 'light' in the 2nd verse I think refers to God, who is shining down
upon this one hill top and determining which of the souls are worthing or
fitting for re-birth.
The 3rd, 4th verses describe the setting on the cliff as the souls, of
their own accord, rather for an opportunity for re-birth.
In the 5th verses it seems that God reads out to the souls what life they
will have on Earth :
"And none are taken but who will,
Having first heard the life read out
That opens earthward, good and ill,"

I'm not sure about the 6th verse, but I think it talks about the
description of this life before them, and how that life might seen
ordinary compared to here in eternal glory.

In the 8th verse I believe that this soul that has been picked is finally
give his life, and his soul/spirit has been turned to earthly matter.

"The mystic link to bind and hold
Spirit to matter till death come."

In the last verse there is a talk of choice, being that it was the soul's
choice to be reborn into a life that had already been read out to him (even
though he will have no memory of that).

Well that's my interpretation of this, I probably have no idea what i'm
talking about but oh well.

Jack from Ireland

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Information about The Trial by Existence

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 21. The Trial by Existence
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: 1913
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 766 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 6 2001


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