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Analysis and comments on After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

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Comment 39 of 359, added on April 30th, 2010 at 3:19 PM.

Apple picking symbolically means human aims and aspirations.Apple picking
is just like harvesting.In the harvest season man gets the result of his
seasonal activities.Similarly apple picking as a metaphor means the life
long activities of man.The poet has used such a title to emphasize us that
man strives for his aspiration but they remain unfulfilled to him till his
last breath.
The poet wants to tell us that every man in this mortal world has certain
aims and aspirations.He lives by these aspirations.But as soon as death
knocks at his door,all his efforts come to a halt and they fall just like
the frost,which melts when sunlight falls on it.=

Comment 38 of 359, added on March 28th, 2010 at 10:15 AM.

The perfect chronology of life's gloomy picture is brought in this
poem.Let's get simply-we 've desire,dreams and goals that seem the hard
sought motive of ours.And,we follow a course of actions to drive us through
that.The adventurism that we face are treacherous ,painstaking and comes
only through great risks,as we feel erstwhile.Not only are we stubborn to
kick our actions but we deem our own truths ,realities shaped by
experiences.We cling and thus unaware of what the real destination is,we
are confused.Oue initial charm ,motivation wilts away.It mean no sooner the
thing we attempted comes before us,we know the meaning as well as the vain
we tried .This makes us laugh how meanest and petty it was.And,the big
zero..the perishing away by death fears us,reminds of the fragile assetion
and spirit.Thus goes the life meaningless,whatever we 've, longings and
passions to move with.

Naresh Neupane from Nepal
Comment 37 of 359, added on February 28th, 2010 at 1:14 AM.

People that does not seek deeper meaning within literature lacks the very
basic skill to even ask. Some people might think that others are reading
too much into the poem, well maybe they are, but at least they have the
ability to ask and convey a deeper meaning, instead of just take what the
poem have to offer literally. Poets, like Robert Frost, are considered to
be a famous because their work portrays themes and moral concepts which can
be applied to the world, not because of simple "apple-picking."

Laura from United States
Comment 36 of 359, added on October 23rd, 2009 at 3:38 AM.

I thought that this poem was about the ending of life, and how Robert Frost
was using apples to symbolize his choices in life, and the unfilled barrels
symbolize his unfulfilled dreams. His line "I am overtired (of
apple-picking)" seems to say that the speaker is tired of life, and is
waiting for his death. The poem itself paints a very simple picture,
similar to Robert Frost's poems, it also suggests a deeper meaning than
what the words of his poem actually mean.

Becca from Canada
Comment 35 of 359, added on June 14th, 2009 at 10:42 PM.

I've read through all notes possible on the poem After Apple-picking. And
there is one stanza that anyone is yet to analysis.
and that is -
“For all,
That struck the Earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap,
As of no worth”.

I believe each apple symbolises a life and that if i apple has fallen
(someone has failed) then they are as no worth and we all continue with our

Does anyone else have any other analysis of this stanza?

nicole from Australia
Comment 34 of 359, added on April 29th, 2009 at 11:38 PM.

i iked this poem b coz it has a good moral in it from which we can learn a
lot...i woud like to say that i really liked the way the port related the
lader and heaven and the way he narrates the poem is really fantastic
.Lastly i would like to conclude by saying his poems give a good

Nandini from India
Comment 33 of 359, added on March 12th, 2009 at 5:34 PM.

Robert Frost depicts the general idea of life, with the choices we make,
the process of it and its many events, but ultimately its end, through
analogy of apple-picking.
The speaker of the poem is very elderly, and very close to ending his life
(his "long sleep").The first two lines in the poem illustrates a feeling of
ascension ("toward heaven still"). The "barrel" that was not filled (with
apples) may symbolize that he had regrets but was accepting and overcoming.
When he says that he is done with apple-picking and "winter sleep" is on,
it means that his life is slowly coming to an end. There is olfactory
imagery ("the scent of apples")...sorry, gotta go...ill be back to finish

BaNaNa KiM from United States
Comment 32 of 359, added on November 12th, 2008 at 2:39 AM.

Not bad... Not bad.

HairyMan from Canada
Comment 31 of 359, added on November 3rd, 2008 at 6:20 AM.

I am a student and I had to go through this poem, I was not contended by
the explanation offered by my teacher.So, I started to go through various
refrence books and asked few,whom I consider experts, but could feel
after pondering a lot over the poem I came to the conclusion that the poem
is symbollicaly about the life of a common human being,consider 'the apple
picker' to be 'a common man',his 'apple picking' be the 'day to day works
of the common man' and his 'tireness' after doing his work be the 'tireness
that one feels just before his death'.
Isn't it striking that after one getting his desire fulfilled one doesn't
cherishes it that much just as the apple picker is feeling after having a
desire of having a good harvest of the fruit...
Isn't it that we, humans, appreciates only few moments of life...just as
the apple picker does so.

Anwaraj from India
Comment 30 of 359, added on October 30th, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

Im a student doing this poem for a project. I think this poem is about an
old man who is an expert at apple picking. He's old and at the end of his
life and knows that this is probably his last time apple picking before the
winter comes. He's describing how he takes them off the tree and places
them in a bucket and sends them off. But he's too tired so he cannot fill
the other bucket and leaves the ones that have dropped on the ground. His
is a n old and tired apple picker, but he knows what he's doing. He
cherishes the apples like they were jewls. That's what my first analysis of
the poem was


Nikki from United States

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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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