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Analysis and comments on The Pasture by Robert Frost

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Comment 11 of 141, added on March 27th, 2006 at 12:46 PM.

In my English class im supposed to find a poem and memorize it so I looked
at robert Frost because we memorized "The Pasture" before so I saw it and
it was just kinda cool to see it there.

Sarah from Ukraine
Comment 10 of 141, added on March 17th, 2006 at 11:46 AM.

The Pasture Is a cool poem i like the way He explained the pasture and what
he did. It is so awsome
You should spend your time Ready Robert Frosts poems if you are interested
in nature.

Comment 9 of 141, added on November 13th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

This is a tricky poem, but I think if you read a lot of Frost as well as
read the few interviews or memoirs he's ever publicly let out, this poem
stands out as the best and most succinct poem about how Robert Frost feels
about his own poetry. The latest anthology picked this one to preface the
entire edition for a reason, after all. This is a poem about how Robert
Frost feels about his readers. I think the most important part of this
poem is not actually the lines about the calf but the parts where he says
"--You come too." Though it might seem like it, he's not actually happily
inviting the guest (or reader) along with him, in fact he'd probably rather
be alone. Read into most of his work and you'll see he enjoys things like
raking leaves and babbling water on his own; he rarely if ever has human
company. Other people are like ghosts in his work... like the phantom
mowing the lawn in The Tufts of Flowers, or the shelled husk of a neighbor
he presents to us in The Mending Wall.

He isn't saying "Please, I'd like your company." He's just saying as an
afterthought "-- You come too." Deep down he really just wants to
experience the beauty of the new spring in the pasture on his own, but he
feels compelled to give his guest a glimpse into it for whatever reason, be
it politeness, a desperate hope for shared experience, or whatever it may

Frost feels this way about his writing. He's commented about how he never
really took to being the "poet laureate" of the entire country because he's
always written for just for himself. If you read his work closely you can
see that desire to be alone, the feeling that he doesn't think he is
well-understood by others and that he isn't sure if he cares or not. The
same feeling is expressed when he lists all the beautiful things he wants
to do and then half-heartedly invites us to go with him. He wants us to
see what he sees, but he's just not so sure we'll understand. I think the
complexity there is gorgeous, and is a true glimpse into a beautiful and
profoundly interesting soul.

Gabriel from United States
Comment 8 of 141, added on August 26th, 2005 at 7:29 AM.

I loved it a whole lot. It was wonderful.

Crystal from United States
Comment 7 of 141, added on August 18th, 2005 at 12:23 PM.

Knowing a little bit about RF I suspect this poem was written after the
death of one of his children (perhaps the one that died in childbirth - I
forget the name).

Reading though it line by line, the following words and phrases leap out:

- pasture: did RF now think he was too old to be useful? Did he blame
himself in some way for what had happpened?
- spring: new life and renewal, yet...
- rake the leaves away: the spring is clogged with old leaves which he
means to rake away. He's trying to clear up the mess and move beyond it.
- watch the water clear: he's looking for an end to confusion.
- it's so young: really this is rather heartfelt perhaps the saddest line
in the poem. Interpretation isn't hard.
- it totters when she licks it: a complex picture, suggesting that a
mothers' love can sometimes be overpowering.
- I sha'n't be gone long: typical RF irony.
- you come to: typical RF understatement. What he's really saying is -
please come with me.

Mike from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 141, added on June 7th, 2005 at 3:38 PM.

i think this poem is very well written and it makes sense. I also like it
because it describes relationships that kids have with their parents.
Robert Frost is by far my favorite poet poet because his poems are very
thought provoking

kelsey from Canada
Comment 5 of 141, added on April 29th, 2005 at 4:52 AM.

I like the simplicity of this poem. it's somewhat bring fresh air up to my
trite life. i think it's about the celebration every little details of
daily life and the celebrations of birth, the greatest gift of all living
things. i read the comments above and it's such so much help for me to
understand the poem more in another angle and some of it is toching.

Leko from Thailand
Comment 4 of 141, added on April 19th, 2005 at 6:23 PM.

i really love this poem it is so fun to read. this is one of the many of
roberts poems i enjoy.

halie from United States
Comment 3 of 141, added on January 24th, 2005 at 4:48 PM.

I love this poem. To me this poem is about death. Knowing about Frost's
history, I really feel like he is trying to cope with the death in his
life. When this poem was written, he had lost four of his six children, all
them by age four. So when they talk about the calf, to me it symbolizes his
children. I think he was teaching his two older children that when people
or animals are suffering that they should be but out of their misery like
his children were.

Jessica from United States
Comment 2 of 141, added on December 12th, 2004 at 6:46 PM.

I love this poem, the simplicity of it, and it describes the relationship I
had with my father. to clean the pasture spring, in the spring when he did
this ,as I child I always went with him.
To fetch the little calf, how many times did I go with him to do this, and
he would bring the little calf back on his shoulders. I lived in rural
Vermont on a farm growing up.
I know I have not analized the poem , but it touches my heart , and I
wanted to say this about it.
I read it at my father's funeral.

Betty Blake from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 8. The Pasture
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 26 2002

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