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Analysis and comments on Putting in the Seed by Robert Frost

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Comment 12 of 332, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 11:50 AM.

Definately sexual undertones here...
Interesting that your teacher says all Frosts poems are about sex, ours
says they are all about DEATH.....
Stopping by woods...not merely a cheery little poem about snow, but
apparently Frost contemplating suicide. Cheery, wasn't he?

Trudi from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 332, added on November 21st, 2005 at 3:38 AM.

i think this poem has so many meaning there is no point tryin to analyse it
true hidden message

kyle from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 332, added on November 20th, 2005 at 1:44 PM.

Im also studying Robert Rrost poems for my A-levels and all your comments
have really helped me understand what they mean...Thanx :)

Vikram from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 332, added on November 20th, 2005 at 6:19 AM.

Just wanna say thanks for all the help, I really cant get the "hidden
meanings" on my own and you guys have shown me a completely different side
to this poem (I thought Oven Bird was all about de-forestation!)...

Stevie from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 332, added on November 6th, 2005 at 2:27 PM.

I am ALSO studying robert frost poems for A level. But how many hidden
meanings are there in these poems because our teacher mike says there all
about sex :(

nicola from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 332, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 3:31 AM.

I am studying this poem for my A-Levels, and I believe that the poem
consists of ideas of the growth of a baby. Planting the seed being
conception, and the growth of the baby to that of 'early birth' and 'arched
body', showing the extent of the meaning throughout the poem, leading to
the belief of the seedling being that of a baby. I find this poem very
interesting, evaluating the concepts of Frost's poems, into that of reality
can be some what of challenge, but the ways he uses metaphors to construct
ideas such as birth, and relating his views and concepts into other poems.
In relation of ' the Apple Tree', to that of 'After Apple-Picking'. Also
unlike 'The Oven Bird', 'Putting in the Seed' is a happy, contented sonnet,
and relate to the joy of birth and creation which is a common nature in
Frost's poetry.

Katie from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 332, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:18 AM.

I really feel that this poem is an extended metaphor for a block of wood.
The poem and the block of wood are very similar. Both could be made into
something rather beautiful and nice, but just like a drunk carpenter, Frost
just couldn't be bothered to add something special to this poem. Just a
bunch of lines that happen to rhyme - like a wood block just happens to be
an effective doorstop.
Oh and you could also say that it's a continuation of 'After Apple
Picking', which is a rather more special work from Frost's collections.

Matt from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 332, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 12:06 PM.

I am also studying this for my A Levels I think this particular poem is
ambiguous with many different meanings the main the growth of a plant or a
baby!! "Seedling" confirms it has something to do with plants and "arched
body" suggests the figure is of a baby lying in a womans stomach

David Hurn from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 332, added on September 28th, 2005 at 8:09 AM.

I have read an analysis of this which says the poem is purely about his
love of nature, but my English teacher insists that he has ulterior motives
in all of his poems. In this case I would definitely suggest that there are
sexual connotations throughout, and also ideas of reproduction,
procreation. For example 'barren' can not only mean empty, but can also
mean that a person is unable to have children. I think that the poem may be
about Frost realising that the only love he has is for nature, and he no
longer craves sex (he was writing this poem when he was slightly older, and
had conceived all the children he would ever have).

Rosy from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 332, added on September 28th, 2005 at 5:25 AM.

i am also studying him for my a-levels and personally i hink he is a
rubbish poet. I think that its nice to have a hidden meaning in a poem and
have to think about it. But when everyone has to try just tothink of
anything ithink its pointless. it doesnt convey a message at all. thanks
exam board for giving us this.

kayleigh 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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