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Analysis and comments on The Telephone by Robert Frost

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Comment 10 of 280, added on May 25th, 2007 at 2:06 PM.

I think this poem is magnificent and reminds me alot of someone that you
may miss from time to time. The excitment of having that special person
call is a feeling that you can never explain only feel. You feel light as a
feather and relieved yet anxious all at the same time.

Mary Gonzalez from United States
Comment 9 of 280, added on February 14th, 2006 at 12:56 PM.

This poem is about sex. In the beginning, as Frost discusses the distance
he has placed between himself and the woman he's with, he's discussing the
almost mystical state of the verge of orgasm. His eyes are literally shut,
figuratively sending him 'as far as I could walk'.

The flower is one of man's oldest symbols for a woman's genitalia, which is
also a key symbol in this poem. The woman is represented in her totality as
a flower, or her sexual power, upon which Frost lays his mind, his 'head'.

Given the size of the flower symbolically, the bee should not be regarded
as such a small insect. Rather, the bee is what prevents Frost from orgasm,
what keeps him from releasing himself into the darkness of an utterly
ecstatic state.

It is his lover's voice that allows him to brush the bee away, and his
lover's voice that tells him ultimately to orgasm, to 'come'. In the end,
he finds himself guided to bliss by path he has taken, by the flower
itself, despite his initial attempt to seal himself away through distance
and achieve bliss on his own.

James from United States
Comment 8 of 280, added on December 6th, 2005 at 8:29 AM.

Of course, one can only have faith in one's reading of a poem if one is
sure the text is the most accurate available. In this case, though, the
text is not.

1. In line 2, “today” should technically be “to-day,”
but it’s not that big a mistake.
2. In line 5, “again” should be “against.”
3. Line 12 should read “I leaned my head.”
4. In line 17, “someone” should be italicized.

Good luck to all,


Patrick Robbins from United States
Comment 7 of 280, added on August 28th, 2005 at 11:08 PM.

This poem is about the persona having had an argument with a loved one
walking away and distancing himself from her. He then remembers the love he
has for her and introduces the idea of mis-communication between the two
which has caused their argument to occur. In the end he returns to her
because of their strong bond.

eva from New Zealand
Comment 6 of 280, added on June 7th, 2005 at 4:25 PM.

I must say, despite that it's confusing, it is a truly heart-borne poem.
I'll have to be honest... It's kinda weird reading a poem about a guy who's
talking to a FLOWER (In my views anyway), but for it's theme... Yes, it is
about love, though I argue with myself that the actual theme might be about
'miracle'. In my view, Sir Robert Frost is expressing the small miraculous
moments that happen in life VIA nature, as most of his poems are based on.
I should know, because when I read this poem, I remembered something
similar happened to me.

I was with my closest friend on an aeroplane once, and we got separate
seats due to high season when we went back to Japan from Germany. I fell
asleep, and I swore I heard her voice call my name, and I woke up because
of it. It turned out that one of the flight attendants was serving our
dinner, and she was only two seats away from mine. I haven't eaten for the
whole day, and the meal they served was the first after 28 hours I had.
When I asked her, she said that she was thinking about my condition at that
exact same time.

Back to the poem. Based on this experience, I'm thinking that the speaker
of the poem had a loved one, and through one those moments, the speaker
heard her/his voice through the flower he was holding telling the 'speaker'
to come. The second last stanza switches to the voice of the speaker's
loved one, who stated that he/she have thought about it, but did not say it
out loud. This poem conveys the bond of people of close relationships, how
their care and respect (Added with love if you wish) could reach out to
each other. The flower, I think, symbolises human nature.

Itoko from Japan
Comment 5 of 280, added on March 16th, 2005 at 8:00 AM.

I fell in love with this poem the moment I read it. It captures the very
essence of the unspoken finish-each-others'-thoughts bond between two
people in love. The flower is nothing more than a beautiful excuse to

Marnie from United States
Comment 4 of 280, added on December 7th, 2004 at 6:24 PM.

I read this as a love poem - the writer has walked far, far from home.
While experiencing the peace and solitude of nature he feels the connection
with a loved one at home, and that is what makes him return. He playfully
pretends he heard the person's voice, as if s/he were talking to him on the
phone (which was a fairly new technology, no?).

Kate from United States
Comment 3 of 280, added on November 8th, 2004 at 10:15 AM.

this poem was extremely BORING and Time Consuming. I must not fail to state
that I wasted my time reading this... I would certainly not recommend this
poem to anyone else except IT-ODD-ALIEN!

IT-ODD-ALIEN from Belgium
Comment 2 of 280, added on October 15th, 2004 at 12:58 PM.

This is a nice poem and yes it sounds inspiring, but I don't quite
understand it. What exactly is your interpretation of it?

Marissa from United States
Comment 1 of 280, added on September 28th, 2004 at 8:19 PM.

I think it is wonderful! True, oh so true inspiration!

Ella Warlocks from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 7. The Telephone
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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