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Comment 16 of 106, added on February 12th, 2012 at 3:39 AM.
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Comment 14 of 106, added on February 7th, 2011 at 1:53 PM.
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This is a good poem. People should read this poem because it is good

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Comment 13 of 106, added on October 10th, 2010 at 9:53 AM.
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Comment 12 of 106, added on June 20th, 2010 at 11:43 PM.
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waste of time worst reading of my life

cameron sam from Australia
Comment 11 of 106, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 10 of 106, added on May 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 PM.
frost si great poet. his poems have a mystical dimension which is so genially sugested. they are often located somewhere between two spaces, txo dimensions, two worlds. his poems often trace a movement trensposing us from one unisverse to another

i think that this poem completes the way Frost apprehends nature, that is
as a motherly figure. indeed, the mother gives affection (which is what
Frost demonstates in some poems such as 'Birches' where the child is
learning love and deriving joy from his symbiosis with the natural world);
the mother feeds (which is what Frost shows us in 'After Apple picking'
where he harvests "ten thousand thousand" apples); but the mother also
educates, teaches lessons about life. and, this is exactly that role frost
is illustrating in 'ThE Wood-pile': nature is teaching the speaker a lesson
about life, a lesson with a main truth which is mortality. the speaker is
sad, bitter, confused in this poem, even though he is in a familiar setting
(which is nature) but yet this does not come as a contradiction to Frost's
other poems but rather as a complement to its overall picture of a motherly
figure. the greyness of the poem's atmosphere is due to the fact that the
speaker, in this specific episode, is learning an absolute truth from the
natural world: the trurh of mortality.
sly - Tunisia

sly
Comment 9 of 106, added on May 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 PM.
frost si great poet. his poems have a mystical dimension which is so genially sugested. they are often located somewhere between two spaces, txo dimensions, two worlds. his poems often trace a movement trensposing us from one unisverse to another

i think that this poem completes the way Frost apprehends nature, that is
as a motherly figure. indeed, the mother gives affection (which is what
Frost demonstates in some poems such as 'Birches' where the child is
learning love and deriving joy from his symbiosis with the natural world);
the mother feeds (which is what Frost shows us in 'After Apple picking'
where he harvests "ten thousand thousand" apples); but the mother also
educates, teaches lessons about life. and, this is exactly that role frost
is illustrating in 'ThE Wood-pile': nature is teaching the speaker a lesson
about life, a lesson with a main truth which is mortality. the speaker is
sad, bitter, confused in this poem, even though he is in a familiar setting
(which is nature) but yet this does not come as a contradiction to Frost's
other poems but rather as a complement to its overall picture of a motherly
figure. the greyness of the poem's atmosphere is due to the fact that the
speaker, in this specific episode, is learning an absolute truth from the
natural world: the trurh of mortality.
sly - Tunisia

sly
Comment 8 of 106, added on March 25th, 2010 at 8:33 PM.

I recently learned about this poem in an American Literature course.

I agree with the comment about the title being neatly-split. It is
basically about our need for order and structure in our world. Nature
cannot provide this order to our lives, we can only feel oriented among
human structures. In the woods, the narrator is lost wandering among the
trees that all look the same - there are no landmarks, except that he knows
he is far from home (a human structure). There is an order to the nature
that surrounds him (the trees “straight up and down”) and yet he is utterly
confused by and lost in it. Even the bird, a sign of life amongst the
stillness, is alienating. And then the narrator comes across the
wood-pile. It is very well-made, but old and decaying, and about to fall
apart. Long after the creator of the pile has left, his work still
remains, but yet that is also only temporary. In the context of nature and
the world around us, our work and our lives are only temporary.
The narrator imagines that only someone who enjoyed ordering the world
around him could have spent so much effort in creating something without
any practical use - the pile is far from any fireplace and is left to
merely decay back into the earth where it came from. Thus, to put it more
clearly, the narrator imagines the man who created the pile had done so
just for the sake of it, to create something familiar in the unfamiliarity
of the bleak woods around him. Nature no longer speaks to us. The meaning
in the world around him is lost, but what remains and what orients us is
structure.
This idea of structure left behind when meaning is lost is very prevalent
amongst Modernist literature, including Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons",
Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", and the art of
the time including the Cubism of Pablo Picasso. As much as we like to
think of Frost as a folksy American poet, his insight and ideas were
actually quite current to his time, even though he held on to traditional
subjects and form.

Victoria from United States
Comment 7 of 106, added on January 9th, 2009 at 5:51 AM.

thanks so much for ur analysis spike! its really detailed and i was
wondering if there was more analysis of the same quality and detailedness u
could provide?

Bader from United Arab Emirates

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 5. The Wood-Pile
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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