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Analysis and comments on The Pasture by Robert Frost

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Comment 5 of 165, 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 165, 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 165, 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 165, 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
Comment 1 of 165, added on September 5th, 2004 at 5:26 PM.

This piece appears to have a certain tone to it. I found this because as a
read i noticed that he does not complete what he is saying on one line. It
continues onto the next, i believe he may have done this to make the words
fit. An example of this is found in the second frame,
“I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by her mother. It’s so young”
It is also obvious the poem has tone because it holds a very relaxed feel
to it, the use of abbreviations help the relaxed feeling.

There is not much detail at all in this poem. The writer uses the simplest
of words to explain his plans for the day. The most descriptive word I
found through out the piece was “toters,” he is describing the little
calf’s movements. To me the use of words familiarises me with the country

Robert Frost has chosen very simple describing words in his poem, The
Pasture, they are all very small. There are no extreme cases of emphasising
any words, nor are there metaphors present. He has also chosen a few
contractions to coinside with the use of simple words. Some examples of
this are, “I’m, I’ll, it’s and shan’t, these all fit nicely with the style
of vocabulary used.

Sentence Structure
The sentence structure in this piece is quite difficult; I had to look over
the poem a couple of times before I understood the way it should be read
allowed. In The Pasture the sentences are short and precisely to the point,
Robert Frost uses compound sentences to describe what he is going to be
doing. “I’m going to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the
leaves away.” The poem is set up as a quatrain poem, grouped together in
four lines. How ever, at the end of both groups he finishes with what seems
like a question to end the sentence, “I shan’t be long. – You come too.”
Yet there are no question marks, I believe it may be a direct imply.

Direct speech
The writer of this piece is talking directly to someone else that perhaps
he is talking to. We know this because he is describing what he is about to
do, but he also implies that some one should accompany him also.


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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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