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Comment 35 of 405, 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 405, 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 405, 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 405, added on November 12th, 2008 at 2:39 AM.

Not bad... Not bad.

HairyMan from Canada
Comment 31 of 405, 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 405, 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
Comment 29 of 405, added on March 17th, 2008 at 11:03 PM.

Damn, I'm going to write this up again. I pressed post comment but it's
gone and I don't see it anywhere.
So people who unfortunately missed my BITE into the apple poem, I'm going
to reiterate my points.
So in nutshell... crap I gotta go

Stephanie from Korea, South
Comment 28 of 405, added on March 17th, 2008 at 10:57 PM.

Hi, I'm a daughter of farmer in South Korea. As you know from "Wikipedia",
Korea's economy is primarily based on exporting apples. Apples used in
Fruit-by-the-Foot are from Korea! Interesting, huh?
That aside, I want to take a bite into this juicy poetry. MMMMMM yum~ :)
So, delicious, crimson apples in the poem represent the health of the
humanity. We all know the saying, "a doctor a day, keeps apples away." So
in essence, the whole poetry is about conserving the economy over the
well-being of doctors. :) I hope this was insightful and helped out a lot
of you. You guys were going quite a wrong direction.
If you want more insight and wisdom from me, you can add me on Facebook at
Stephanie Char- I look like a tadpole )))

Stephanie from Korea, South
Comment 27 of 405, added on February 8th, 2008 at 5:43 PM.

The poem “After Apple Picking” is an expression of Robert Frost’s feelings
toward the quickly passing season of apple picking. This poem revolves
around his drowsy state while picking the apples were her ‘hallucinates’.

Hugh Jass from Canada
Comment 26 of 405, added on July 5th, 2007 at 5:27 PM.

I feel that in this Poem Frost speaks simply of lifes choices (the two
pronged ladder) . the wrong an right of life .. the choices we make.
Its very clear to me, that as he approaches the end of his own life. He
ponders his achievements ..and wonders as to what others may have accured
or not if he had chosen another direction. ( There is a barrel I didnt fill
and two or three apples I didnt pick ).

He is exhausted from his musings ..knowing that he could ponder these
thoughts endlessly. Knowing that the roads not traveled and choices not
made are just as endless. (There are thousands thousands fruit to cherish
in hand, touch, lift down an not let fall.)
He suggests to us his readers ..that in life there are so many things to
cherish .. touch, lift down and not let fall. but simply not enough time
to do all. and so it is lost to us. In each passing day.
(This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is . Long sleep, as I discribe
its coming on , or Just some human sleep.)
Simply put ..live life ..each day. Know that your choices are what they
are. Embrace the abundance of pleasure. and regret not the choices unmade.
for all too soon. It is over.

Celticlace 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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