Comment 8 of 18, added on June 7th, 2010 at 8:43 AM.
Analysis and Comments on the Black Forest by Robert Frost
Bonjohn, I think you are completely wrong. The poem is about the
transcience of time and history's place in the world today. The house
represents the civil war with its preserves insides detailing history. The
transcience of time is demonstrated in the mix-up between Gettysburg and
Fredicksburg (they were Union and Confederacy victories respectively)as the
minister forgets the details of the war. I very much agree with J on what
Frost was saying in the poem.
from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 18, added on June 4th, 2010 at 7:32 AM.
The Black Cottage
I think Frost uses the old lady in this poem as a vehicle to explore
whether a truth is able to survive in an age of technological advancement -
the poem is written just before the First World War. The cottage seems
immune to the passage of time as the minister and his friend find it 'as
she left it'. This seems to reflect the woman's immunity to change or
contemplating alternative viewpoints, especially as the 'velvet black'
windows cannot be penetrated by light. It is not the lady's firm beliefs
that Frost seems to criticise here; in fact he almost admires her
traditional stance. Instead it is her stubborn nature that he condemns as
she upholds beliefs merely out of habit and because they have always been a
part of her life.
J from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 18, added on April 10th, 2010 at 6:52 AM.
well i believe that this poem is far more concerened with the progression
of time and in particular its cyclical nature. This is obvious from the
constant refernces to rebirth. thats what im going to argue in my essay
anyway. Bonjohn yur comments i'm afraid are slightly ridiculous - bonnet =
David from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 18, added on June 15th, 2009 at 1:14 PM.
I saw a few lines from this poem which struck me - "Most of the change we
think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor."
In the poem, he goes on to talk about how a belief can stop being true.
Before I knew the quote was from Frost, I thought it must have been
written by a conservative, but I remind myself that Frost once said he
wasn't a radical as a youth which meant he didn't have to be a conservative
when he was old (I don't remember the exact quote). Just a thought.
I find that, from time to time, when my heart is troubled and I am
grappling with change, my mind almost always goes back to Frost for solace,
strength and renewal.
Sarah from United States
Comment 4 of 18, added on March 27th, 2009 at 3:25 PM.
I fnd dis poem wel confusin nd ma teecher cdnt xplain it so i googld it and
fnd this, bonjohn ur comments rely helpd me undastand it, specialy da firs
bit nd i put the 2nd bit abt digestion in ma lst essay nd i got a c- da bst
garde ive got yt. da teacher put a ? mark rnd my digestin bit bt i fink u
gt a point
Daz Brooks from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 18, added on March 18th, 2009 at 7:14 AM.
when i first read this poem it wasnt clear what it meant but as i dug
deeper into the core meaning it became so clear it refers the realisation
of old age, the decrepid human body fading away and us unable to stop it .
like a force beyond human ability. i also noticed the parody drawn to the
cycle of life and death. like all frosts poetry there is a strong vide of
frost own depression his clear sight alows him to invision the reality.
life is futile , pointless routines provide no hope. can we really be free.
i also think the peom refers strongly to digestion, the process of eating
and then processing the food. the enzymes are a parody to the lounge! and
then ofcourdse the end process being excretion which ties in with the
'sunset blazing' also the 'bonnet in the pew' refers the the faeces in the
lavatory. the poem is an overall sucsess and has extraame importance in my
life. when eating and living.
bonjohn. from Canada
Comment 2 of 18, added on October 7th, 2008 at 9:32 AM.
Everyone needs to read this poem, not just for its elequance, but for it's
deep meaning and it's ability to make one think. I'm sure an AP English
class could spend weeks analysing this poem, but I don't think they're the
only ones that should do it. What is freedom? That's the question that
Robert Frost poses in this poem and does it in such a personal way, it made
me cry. It moved me so much. I don't know, I just think that you should
give this poem a shot, don't just read it, but dig into, find the meanings
behind the words, and you won't regret it.
from United States
Comment 1 of 18, added on November 30th, 2005 at 3:35 PM.
i love this poem took me like a year to read but i love it!!!!!
vicrum from Belgium
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