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Comment 16 of 96, 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 96, added on December 4th, 2009 at 4:32 PM.
The cow should have stayed in the field. It can't survive on apples.
Rebecca from United States
Comment 14 of 96, 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 96, 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.
Comment 12 of 96, 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 96, 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 96, 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
from United States
Comment 9 of 96, 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.
Comment 8 of 96, 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
from United States
Comment 7 of 96, 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
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