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Analysis and comments on Love and a Question by Robert Frost

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Comment 6 of 146, 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 146, 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 146, 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 146, 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 146, 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 146, 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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