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Analysis and comments on Love and a Question by Robert Frost

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Comment 12 of 152, added on February 11th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

Shall I let a stranger in my house while my bride awaits impatiently? That
is the understanding of this poem when first read ; but ofcourse, it's from
Robert Frost. Read it again and analyze it. It says much more.

Nereyda Hinojosa from United States
Comment 11 of 152, added on February 8th, 2006 at 1:55 PM.

This poem presents a classic case of how poetry is interpereted differently
based on the perception of the reader. While all see the same subject,
very different meanings come from it. Frost was such a complex and
intricate poet, that I believe to better understand the poem's meaning, one
would have to learn more about Frost himself.

Darek Ryan
Comment 10 of 152, added on December 23rd, 2005 at 1:39 PM.

In LOve and a Question he blatantly uses words twice within a very short
period. For example woodbine leaves. A woodbine is a green plant that
produces blue inedible berries. He even makes a comment that the berries
were blue, maybe there was something in that house that one of them could
just not have. Somethine was just out of reach. A true analysis of the
poem is hard to come by because Frost leaves the reader with a question,
just like the title.

Stephen from United States
Comment 9 of 152, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 5:19 PM.

I love this poem. It says alot!!! i love all the details he puts into just
a simple poem. i think that durng this time that he wrote this poem he was
thinking about depressing times. it show when this man has no where to go
and no one will not be kind enough to open there house to him when he is in
needing. But the only house with a lamp on considering to let stay the
night. This poem might be confusing but it depends on the way you look at
it. just simplify it!! and youl get it it just takes a little amount of
Good luck!!

Tisha from Australia
Comment 8 of 152, 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

Gomz from United States
Comment 7 of 152, 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 152, 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 152, 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 152, 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 152, 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

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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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