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Analysis and comments on Love and a Question by Robert Frost

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Comment 8 of 128, added on November 9th, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

this is a unique poem in that there is much symbolizm and there is internal
conflict. the bridegroom is not just fighting with the thought of having to
take in the stranger when he wants to be with his new wife, but he also has
to think about the fact that all the other people in the town have turned
him down. he looks at him with sorrowful eyes and doesn't even need to
speak to show how desperate he is. at the end, the bridegroom has not made
the tough decision, as is obvious by the line,"the bridegroom wished he
knew." this poem was written with a lot of emphasis on love and internal
conflict

Gomz from United States
Comment 7 of 128, added on October 20th, 2005 at 7:30 PM.

this is about an old couple (bridegroom and bride doesn't necessarily mean
newly weds) the stranger is death at the bridegroom's "door". it says it
came at eve which symbolizes old age (morning symbolizes birth, noon
symbolizes middle age, etc...). the bridegroom wonders what would happen
when he dies with the "stranger" near- and it says "autumn, yes, winter was
in the wind" symbolizing death and once again old age. he sees his wife
inside, safe, warm, healthy, and wonders again what it would be like to
leave her and thinks about his life as the "weary road" but only sees her
because she was his life and then he wishes her to remain safe and wishes
her heart in a "case of gold". he then goes on to think that he cannot give
her enough if he would die... and he curses the rich (meaning the healthy
and happy) because he is no longer rich with life. the "woe" in the bridal
house is death and separation.

Whitney from United States
Comment 6 of 128, added on July 7th, 2005 at 5:03 PM.

It is not a story except in the sense of being an allegory. The young man
faces an overwhelming internal conflict between the simple life he has
established and the opportunity or life-changing experience that has
symbolically presented itself as a stranger seeking "shelter" in the
bridegroom's life. The new wife and the fire represent warmth and safety.
He tries to go out on the porch to see if this different life might be
accepted by someone else,but his talents or gifts render it tailor-made for
him alone. He is both afraid of it and drawn to it. He wishes he could
pack his treasured safe life into a "gold case" and take it with him so
that he might have both. There is no pat answer to this eternal question
because it is different for every man and woman. We all have monumental
choices to make that affect our whole lives. One might infer from reading
"The Road Not Taken," Frost's signature later poem, that he chose to cast
his lot with the stranger.

Terry Berg from United States
Comment 5 of 128, added on May 5th, 2005 at 8:45 PM.

first of all i take back what i commented b/c because i was wrong. It is a
narrative poem(obviously) and it IS NOT ABOUT TWO PEOPLE WHO DON'T LOVE
EACH OTHER. The starnger goes to the door and asks the bridegroom for
shelter because all of the other houses in the town turned their lights off
on him meaning they wouldn't help him. So the bridegroom told him to step
outside with him and as they did he was having an internal conflict of
whether to help this homeless stranger or turn his lights off on him like
the others did so that he could be with his new wife. That's why he says, "
with in the bride in the dusk alone bent over the open fire her face rose
red with the glowing coal and the thought of the hearts desire" so the
bridegroom is watching from the porch his new wife and he has a great
desire to be with her so he (as mentioned before) struggles and does not
know what to do. At the end of the poem when it says, " the bridegroom
wished he knew" is when you realize that there is no denouement to this
poem or no resolution.

Lisbet from United States
Comment 4 of 128, added on April 28th, 2005 at 10:42 AM.

I like this poem a lot. I do no tknow what it means, exactly but I think
that the people who are married are not exactly in love. Maybe that is what
Robert Frost meant but, if not, we will never know.

Kate from United States
Comment 3 of 128, added on March 25th, 2005 at 11:33 AM.

The title automatically says something about the story. Obviously, the
first word, "love" is understood for its meaning but then it says AND a
question..so there might be doubts in the relationship which is what this
narrative poem is about, 2 people who really don't know a lot about each
other and they regret getting married.

Lisbet from United States
Comment 2 of 128, added on January 31st, 2005 at 2:10 PM.

it is not a stor and it ia aout how two poeple are forced tobe together
when really they love eachother not

gumballgoddes from United States
Comment 1 of 128, added on January 27th, 2005 at 3:14 PM.

i think this is more of a story than a poem

Marikos from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 4. Love and a Question
Volume: A Boy's Will
Year: 1913
Added: Feb 1 2004
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