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Analysis and comments on After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

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Comment 9 of 139, added on October 20th, 2005 at 2:19 PM.

After Apple Picking, written in 1914. Frosts subtle, underlying
metaphorical meanings often don't get picked up on many of his poems.
People get confused between his vivid use imagery he skillfully creates in
our minds. We become so taken aback that we forget to study the poem in
depth- remember, Frost is renowned for his use of figurative language;
craftily disguised as a literal interpretation. But, as with all poems,
your personal response is what matters as long as you can back up your
point with a referance from the poem.
This poem is literally telling you a short story about a man who is
retiring from apple picking, "For I have had too much...I am over tired" he
gives his reasons.
But the deeper meaning suggests he's dying, the first two lines illustrate
the direction of his ladders, which are pointing toward heaven- his
direction after death possibly? Then the last few lines refer to "long
sleep" - meaning death again, which is what he feels will happen. But then
he contradicts it, "or just some human sleep" so we don't get a complete
conclusion of the poem, or do we...?

Sally Chapman from United States
Comment 8 of 139, added on October 6th, 2005 at 2:38 PM.

i think Robert Frost is amazing being only 16 and studying 14 of his poems
and ive found that the road not taken has to be one of my fave poems ive
eva heard so far!!now i have to write a critical review on some of his
poems any hints would be good thanks

cheryl from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 139, added on September 26th, 2005 at 9:48 PM.

acceptance and the embrace of death is crucial: this poem encaptures the
essence of what makes an individual satisfied with their earthly life so
much that the thought of the after life is seen as a welcomed thing.

Kate from Canada
Comment 6 of 139, added on August 2nd, 2005 at 2:42 AM.


Enjoy.. this man is my favorite.. he is the true traditional writer of
poetry.. not freestyle..

Raquel Leah from United States
Comment 5 of 139, added on May 27th, 2005 at 10:44 AM.

It's more philosophic having a flair of true life.

shins from India
Comment 4 of 139, added on May 13th, 2005 at 2:44 PM.

Through comparison,Frost shows human life,the end of this world.He has got
insight into death,symbolizes apple picking as that of taking the advantage
of time and opportunities in this world as much as you can,no matter if
you've lost some.

Maedeh Madadnia from Iran
Comment 3 of 139, added on May 4th, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

More like his (the author's) acceptance of a death so near, that he can
reach out and touch it.

Anne from United States
Comment 2 of 139, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 3:15 AM.

vision of rhe nature and human life

Juhee Lee from Korea, South
Comment 1 of 139, added on November 14th, 2004 at 4:32 PM.

guys i need to break this poem down and tell me how it relates to life by
the imagery


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Information about After Apple-Picking

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 4. After Apple-Picking
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 26 2003

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