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

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Comment 20 of 90, added on May 9th, 2011 at 9:21 AM.
determining meter

does anyone know what the meter of the is poem is?

chayis from United States
Comment 19 of 90, added on August 7th, 2010 at 11:05 PM.
The Cow at Apple Time

While it may describe a real cow and real apples, I think Mr. Frost phrased
it in a way that it serves as an allegory of that wayward person who, in
his rebellion and pursuit of pleasure, has ceased to fulfill his purpose
and productivity in life (as the cow ceased to give milk). The words
"shrivels" and "dry" in the last line describe the pathetic state of that
person who has gone "out of bounds" to serve Self.

Scott King from United States
Comment 18 of 90, added on May 11th, 2010 at 5:48 AM.
The Cow in the apple Tree-Moral

What appeases us isnt always good for us, as is the case with alcahol and
smoking

Aryan from Australia
Comment 17 of 90, added on April 9th, 2010 at 6:49 AM.

I think the cow is a metaphor for a person who does not ant to seclude
themselves which is the complete opposite to the farmer in his poem
'Mending Wall'. I get this idea because of the quote 'to make no more of a
wall than an open gate' and 'think no more of wall builders than fools'.

Laura from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 90, added on January 28th, 2010 at 9:58 AM.
The Cow in Apple Time

i belive this is a persona of a person who is going through the ageing
process and is in a protest against death 'She bellows on a knoll against
they sky' and also implying with 'her udder shrivels and the milk goes dry'
that as we become old we cannot nourish ourselves or another human life.

charl from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 90, added on December 4th, 2009 at 4:32 PM.
lesson

The cow should have stayed in the field. It can't survive on apples.

Rebecca from United States
Comment 14 of 90, added on November 13th, 2009 at 6:57 PM.
the cow at apple time

II think this poem goes way beyond the obvious and is just not all about a
cow wondering off for some sweet apples! Ití s about the her falling to
sweet temptation, over indulgences, A feeling of importance, a high that
makes her forget about her mundane existence, No matter what the
consequences, she will always go back to them during apple to time, and
she pays the price, like that of a drug addict or alcoholic ,

Any thoughts ??


Larry from United States
Comment 13 of 90, added on April 10th, 2009 at 3:08 AM.

David, you are so right but it also has a Robert Herrick "Gather Ye
Rosebuds While Ye May" quality to it - that cow could just as well be a
person who is going a little hogwild on the apples while they still have a
chance - the milk dries up in spite of apples, not because of them. It
dries up with winter and comes again next spring.

ea
Comment 12 of 90, 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 90, 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

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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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