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Analysis and comments on The Cow In Apple-Time by Robert Frost

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Comment 12 of 302, added on April 9th, 2009 at 11:48 PM.

I'm with cody. I think this poem is just about a real life situation where
a cow jumps a wall and eats too many apples, drying up her milk. Autumn is
not a metaphor, it's just the season when this event happened (that
explains why apples were ripe and laying on the ground).

David from United States
Comment 11 of 302, added on April 2nd, 2007 at 11:14 AM.

the poem begins with the theme of simplicity: "to make no more of a wall
than an open gate". The cow (obviously) lacks an analytical point of view
that we, as humans, have developed the need to pursue the 'why' in
virtually situation that rpesents itself.there is almost an expression of
envy from frost, a jealousy that the cow is able to view things in such a
simple manner. The poem then moves into how lush the cow is. the cow eats
the windfallen apples as if there will be no tomorrow. As many things in
life, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. The withering of the
fall season mimics the (now) withering udders of the cow. frost uses the
cow/farm situation as a metaphor for a deeper meaning.

siobhan from Canada
Comment 10 of 302, added on January 25th, 2006 at 5:36 PM.

i see the poem as having almost an adam and eve type theme... I also dont
see it as a warning but an analysis on the human trait of always wanting
more than what you have

ryan from United States
Comment 9 of 302, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 11:44 AM.

It is best to stay with the tried and true. The cow learns the hard way.

Taisha Turner
Comment 8 of 302, added on December 9th, 2005 at 1:55 PM.

this poem is all about a cow that wonders off past the fence to an apple
tree. if cows eat to many apples their milk goes sour and they become
sick. this has to do with the sugar of the apple. the poem is based on a
true life experience Frost had with one of his cows that wondered away and
got sick from eating apples from an apple tree... no the cow does not die
and no it is not drunk

cody from United States
Comment 7 of 302, added on October 21st, 2005 at 2:49 PM.

I don't gather a warning in this at all, but more an incentive to reap the
benefits of exploration. Granted, the cow does seem to experience a reason
to bellow, but she has also gained an exposure many will continually lack:
The knowledge of "What If..."

Stefven from United States
Comment 6 of 302, added on September 26th, 2005 at 7:08 PM.

I like the poem because it is funny but has good meaning...think twice or
more before you do something/decide

Michael Valera from Philippines
Comment 5 of 302, added on May 16th, 2005 at 6:26 PM.

I like this poem a lot, l have to memorize it for my school

Luis Ricardo Medeiros from Venezuela
Comment 4 of 302, added on May 10th, 2005 at 3:53 PM.

i was told by my teacher that the cow is drunk

Bob from United States
Comment 3 of 302, added on October 24th, 2004 at 11:05 AM.

Cows are like totally cool
I like apples

Fred from China

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 16. The Cow In Apple-Time
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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