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Analysis and comments on Love and a Question by Robert Frost

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Comment 18 of 158, added on December 30th, 2007 at 6:35 PM.

So does the man allow the stranger to stay the night or not?

Jessica from United States
Comment 17 of 158, added on November 28th, 2007 at 5:00 AM.

This is a metaphorical poem about the bridegroom's own anxiety about his
bride's expectations of their first night together. He wants nothing to
mar their love - yet he himself is the stranger with the green stick. Get
it? He is inexperienced and she is a young rose, not some fixture of
jewelry that will remain unchanged by the event that lays before them on
that dark, windowless road of life.

Comment 16 of 158, added on November 28th, 2007 at 2:50 AM.

The fact that the poem ends on a questionable note, meaning that the reader
still has to answer the question for themselves, reflects to how people
have many problems in their lives and how it is up to them to figure out
the best answers.

Liz from United States
Comment 15 of 158, added on September 6th, 2007 at 10:03 AM.

Among many others things depicted in "Love and a Question", the poem
illustrates someone who is torn between his love for his wife and his love
for poetry- Seeing the world through the poet's eyes so to speak. Can one
who is so passionate about the poetic exploration of truth "harbor" that
love (or care) in the bridle house without marring both loves? Will both
loves suffer for his "inability to choose"? You'll find the same concept
in Keat's poem "Bright Star"- Robert Frost was an avid disciple of Keats
and found much inspiration and solice in his poetry.

wildechild76 from United States
Comment 14 of 158, added on March 27th, 2006 at 10:51 PM.

The conflict that the bridegroom faces in Frost's Love and a Question is
between his pity for the stranger and fear of his wife's desire for the
stranger. Although he would like to be hospitable, he would risk his wife
cheating on him, as she was rose-red upon looking at the stranger. If the
bride's heart were encased in gold and pinned with a silver pin, the
bridegroom would welcome the stranger. The question would be whether the
stranger was asked to destroy their love by inciting desire in the bride.

robin from United States
Comment 13 of 158, added on March 24th, 2006 at 9:47 AM.

man this poem blew me away i was so happy to hear such an inteeligant man
speach his mind it was absolutely astonishing to this performance of

a hhhhhh crikey from Australia
Comment 12 of 158, 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 158, 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 158, 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 158, 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

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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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