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Analysis and comments on The Trial by Existence by Robert Frost

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Comment 9 of 19, added on September 6th, 2013 at 5:32 AM.

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Comment 8 of 19, added on December 15th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 7 of 19, added on October 25th, 2010 at 7:06 PM.

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

frumpo from United States
Comment 6 of 19, added on March 11th, 2010 at 2:42 PM.


marucus from Iran
Comment 5 of 19, 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
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
Comment 4 of 19, added on July 16th, 2009 at 12:07 PM.

I have often wondered why this poem receives so little attention. It looks
like it will receive appropriate notice in Terryl Given's forthcoming book
"When Souls Had Wings" (Oxford, Oct. 2009)
Links (preface each with TR dot IM slash)
sDFg (Givens previews book in lecture)
sDEO (Givens' book)
sDHg (Excellent discussion of Poem by Karen Powers Liebhaber)

Tracy Hall Jr from United States
Comment 3 of 19, added on September 12th, 2008 at 1:50 PM.

as a Mormon, I can't help but think this poem is very similar to our
doctrine of pre-earth life existence. (it did take me like 15 times reading
to actually feel like I knew what he was talking about.) What a great poem.

Scott from United States
Comment 2 of 19, added on April 11th, 2006 at 9:27 AM.

There is so much comfort in this poem and so much strength that I can only
hope with all my heart that it's exactly like Frost describes.

Fran from United States
Comment 1 of 19, added on July 20th, 2005 at 11:32 PM.

This poem forced me to sit and look inside where I have not wished to go
for a very long time. Ah, the "UNKNOWN"...our Spirits always seem to fear
it until we meet. Now I know...I am not afraid anymore.

De-bor-rah from United States

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

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