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Analysis and comments on Putting in the Seed by Robert Frost

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Comment 22 of 342, added on May 21st, 2006 at 9:56 AM.

I can't see how there can be so many meanings/symbols in one small poem.
i'm studying frost for my AS-Level course and with the exam in 2 days i
thought i'd better brush up on my knowledge of him but everything is the
it's either, life, death, sex or love.
to be honest i think people over analyse the poems. he didnt write them
thinkin oh i'll add a metaphor in here to make it read like tht. it's

Tina from United Kingdom
Comment 21 of 342, added on April 25th, 2006 at 10:45 AM.

Hey, ive studied Frost for two years now and after thorough research im sad
to tell you all but Mr Frost was/is Gay! But looking at your well achieved
analysis i agree that this poem is an act of making love, yet, frost being
homosexual i beleive he is talking about his intimate love for nature,
rather than a woman, he would rather enjoy planthing seeds in the soil and
being close to nature than to a womans body, he is using nature to describe
this act. Another thought to tease your minds with is if you read lines 3
and 4, the word white suggests something pure, virginity perhaps? he may be
talking that this is so precious and delecate that it is something not to
let go of lightly, hence the delecate soft petals. Could go on but il leave
these thoughts with you guys, many regards will.

Will from United Kingdom
Comment 20 of 342, added on April 25th, 2006 at 7:20 AM.

I agree with all of you that the poem is indeed relating the act of sex
with the fertilization of the earth, both resulting in new life. However, I
think on a deeper level Frost may be conveying that he holds the same love
for nature that most would associate with love making.

So I think that there is def. multiple layers in which one can read this
poem, but hopefully this helps some of you do your exams and assignments
:-D good luck

SmartDancer from United States
Comment 19 of 342, added on March 18th, 2006 at 4:37 PM.

the beauty of this poem is that it portrays the beauty of procreation. i am
studying lit. as an a-level course and this poem is one of frost's poem
that i believe will touch women especially mothers to prove to them that it
is or still what it.
i love poems like thiis because they touch the soul and i am more of a
romantic person.
kuddos to frost.

anu young from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 342, added on February 26th, 2006 at 6:42 AM.

I never studied this poem when I was in school. There were other Frost
poems that we studied - ie 'The Road not Taken' 'Mending Wall'.

The first time I read this, even though I see the natural overtures, I
understood it to be about pregnancy. I take it that my husband did to, as
he was the one who introduced it to me, and we are expecting our first

When I went back to re-read it, I realized it wasn't necessarily about
pregnancy, but about the act of sex itself.

American Lady from United States
Comment 17 of 342, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 12:07 PM.

Frost said himself that the meanings of his poems were generally the most
obvious ones.

David from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 342, added on December 9th, 2005 at 4:19 AM.

personally i think Robert Frost is not a very good poet,because there are
to many hidden meanings in his work,its hard to work it all out!

trisha from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 342, added on December 6th, 2005 at 9:19 AM.

hey, reading your comments have given me some great ideas! but just
starting the course id like some help from you guys, if you guys have any
important info or facts that are useful about the poem, please could you
write back!just to help me out! thanx! love me x

Fairy princes T*n*a from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 342, added on December 6th, 2005 at 9:17 AM.

hey, im also doing robert frost for my a-levels,which at first i thought
it was a bummer, but by reading ur comments i can get ur ideas about this
poem,which for me is,better,cos i did think o no... poems..analysing,
arrrrrr!so thanx for your comments uve helped me out! gud luk eveyone!

emi from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 342, added on December 6th, 2005 at 7:29 AM.

Frost is a deep poet. "Putting in the seed" has definatley got a sexual
agenda, the title alone conveys this. "if i leave off burrying the white
soft petals" seems to be Frost describing love making outside and the sheer
weight burries the soft white petals. This may be related to Frost's
mistress. Definatley a light hearted poem which uses love making as a
metaphor to conve his love for nature. Good luck in you exams everyoneXXX

Ess Gee from United Kingdom

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 14. Putting in the Seed
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 25 2003

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