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Analysis and comments on The Wood-Pile by Robert Frost

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Comment 6 of 106, added on January 7th, 2009 at 9:38 PM.

I believe the most obvious message of this poem to be that of wasting the
nature around us. The man or narrator of the the novel comes across a pile
of the oldest, tallest maple wood that he has ever seen as sees it wasting
away, a pile of decaying wood. He emphasizes the fact that the decay is
smokeless, because the person who cut down the wood originally has not used
it as firewood, and is simply letting it decay. I believe the underlying
message of Frost's poem to be about death, like several other of his works
(Come in, Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening etc). The atmosphere
developed by words such as the "frozen swamp" and the gray create a morbid
atmosphere. Frost decides to go on farther and thus experiences his death.
I found the part about the bird to be interesting. I think the bird to be a
spirit that perhaps Frost has known from his previous life, a friend who
has passed away and Frost in his busy life, was distracted and forgot the
death of this friend or family member. The color white, the color of the
bird's feather, also symbolizes a spirit (white often used). Frost moves
further along into his experience of death, and reaches the point of decay
(represented by the pile of wood). The word smokeless at the end of the
poem could also be interpreted as without fire, is a symbol of man (if you
know your Greek mythology). Frost once again creates two messages through
his poems concering nature and death, and again executes it brilliantly. I
have posted this mini commentary to help others who are looking for
interpretations of Frost's literature, because i figured i should return
the favor.

Thnx for reading,

Spike

Spike Johnson from Canada
Comment 5 of 106, added on December 14th, 2007 at 8:10 AM.

i apologise for the spelling mistakes below ! ! !

emmmm . . . thanx 4 readin ! ! !

frost = ginger genius

Hellianna from Ireland
Comment 4 of 106, added on December 13th, 2007 at 9:57 AM.

I think Robert Lee Frost is an under rathed genius ! ! ! each of his many
poems suck ass (in a good way) and explore the intensity nof nature and
death through isolation and lonliness ! ! !we should be praising Frost
instead of rejecting him ! ! ! what give you the right to criticise sum1
with such talent ? ? ?

Robert Frost shows throgh this poem how man de-appreciates nature. he
illustrates through harsh imagery and language how man, forgets and takes
advantage of nature by just simpley leaving a pile off wood untouched.
Frost wonders y such a thing can be left alone not being usedd but
obvioulsy needed.

this also shows the carelessness of man's attitude towards nature as he has
cut down tree/s in his selfishness as he thought he needed it for fire, but
obviously realised he didn't and left it lying there, forgot about it.
this also emphasises man's greed.

the bird represents the love that Frost had for each of his dying relatives
he lost. he writes that the bird was there, then he went away, even forgot
about. this hows me the reader how Frost himself doesnt feel he paid as
much attention as he shoyld have to those before he died. it sahows his
deep regret and how he tried to forget in the long run, but failed,
cou7ldn't hence why we are reading this poem.

the bird also represents how man and nature and work along side each other,
if not thinking of carelessy, can be at one . . .

Here, Do U Love It ? ? ?

Hellianna from Ireland
Comment 3 of 106, added on September 3rd, 2007 at 2:33 PM.

Frost had to have stumbled upon this piece of 'handiwork' himself while
exploring. I wonder what's there now? A parking lot? Football stadium? High
school?

greg
Comment 2 of 106, added on September 2nd, 2007 at 7:35 PM.

Even the word is neatly split by Frost.
This poem speaks to the integrity of work. A tribute to a man's hands,
skill with an axe, physical strength and so on.
The speaker calls the wood-pile "handiwork". That's what it is . Art
without utility though its original intent was utilitarian the wood-pile
now stands as art.

The poem ends with some darker images - 'burning of decay.'. the speakers
seems unexplainably annoyed with the little bird that joins him.


Greg from Canada
Comment 1 of 106, added on November 26th, 2004 at 5:52 AM.

This poem is alright and at the moment im doing a presentation on it for my
english literature class. There is no analysis on the net for it-how
poopy!!!

Stephanie Smith from United Kingdom

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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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