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Analysis and comments on In a Disused Graveyard by Robert Frost

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Comment 14 of 44, added on November 10th, 2008 at 4:40 PM.

I think that this is a great poem that talks about how donkeys are very
smart creatures and always remember the dead. Crickets too!

Jason from United States
Comment 13 of 44, added on November 17th, 2007 at 12:25 PM.

I believe that the robert frost poems are poems that can relate to all of
the people on earth. This particular one gave me the chills when i first
read it because i began to think that people come in and out of my life and
i dont even realize that they are there until it is too late for either me
or them. I think we have to open our eyes to be able to see what life is
really about.

"The living come with grassy tread"- I think this means people come with a
sort of trudging walk. People arent always excited to be alive.

"To read the gravestones on the hill"- people come to see you or people
know of you and want to come meet you.

"The graveyard draws the living still, but never anymore the dead"- Some
people come and go, but the ones that love you will never die.

The verses in it say and say: The ones who living come today, to read the
stones and go away" People come in and go out of peoples lives and they
dont even realize they are there, or if they do they dont care.

"Tomorrow, dead will come to stay" This is scary. one day someone can be
in your life and the next they could be gone.

"So sure of death the marbles rhyme" Death is a non compromisable fact of
life. you cant make deals with death. it doesnt work like that.

"Yet cant help marking all the time" Time is precious and when you count
down all the time you waste it adds up to more time than you've actually
spent doing good things.

"How no one dead will seem to come, What is it men are shrinking from?"
Men are just waiting to die and are getting so depressed from it that
before long they have wasted their whole lives waiting to die instead of
doing something constructive.

"It would be easy to be clever, and tell the stones:Men Hate To Die. And
have stopped dying now forever, i think they would believe the lie."

Evan from United States
Comment 12 of 44, added on May 8th, 2007 at 4:31 PM.

I think this poem is about people fearing death, as many of the others have
stated. people come to the graveyard to read the stones and consider their
own death, and where they will end up. but as far as the last line goes:

Man is basically telling the tombstone: "Men hate to die, so we have
stopped dying altogether. no more headstones will join you, ever." And the
tombstone believes the lie. The graveyard becomes "disused".

Tyler from United States
Comment 11 of 44, added on April 30th, 2007 at 11:31 AM.

First off, I think Jeffrey was write, Marla didnt grasp the concept of the
poem at all. Its talking about how man visits graveyards for the reason to
look at tombstones not to remember the people that lay beneath them. Man is
scared of death, obviously, its their biggest fear. Not because of death
itself but because they are scared of being forgotten. Its saying that man
never realizes that a graveyard is death itself, they dont realize how
those people felt and dont stop to realize that they once were. So jeffrey
dont blame you for getting mad, some people are too shallow in this world.

Jeremy from United States
Comment 10 of 44, added on April 29th, 2007 at 12:55 PM.

Ummm... This site is for kids like me looking for quick answers to English
homework, not racists and people against racists and people against people
against racists... I beleive he is saying that lizards are like our
cousins and the moon should be treated with respect. Yay!

ABC from United States
Comment 9 of 44, added on December 27th, 2006 at 3:55 PM.

Wow. I wasn't aware that a person could be so insensitive and immature
[Jeffrey]. Just because english is not a persons first language doesn't
mean they're stupid. Failing to realize this makes you a jackass.

Katie from United States
Comment 8 of 44, added on February 27th, 2006 at 9:56 AM.

I think that the last line where is says, i think they would belive the
lie, is talking about the line before it which states that men have stopped
dieing and will live forever.

Bobby from United States
Comment 7 of 44, added on November 17th, 2005 at 1:28 PM.

O my gosh Jeffrey! This is a site for commenting on poetry!! not
critizizing foreign people who are trying their best in our languagee!

suman i think i need your grammar lessons since no matter english is my
first language i dont know how to write in it! i just never learned at
school!i suck i know..

now..about the poem..i think he is talking about him feeling lonely. its a
big metaphore. he believes he is dead in spirit, since he is depresed, and
thinks everyone else are the living. he believes nomeone wahnts to visit
him anymore, and that is why he is like burried on an unused graveyard

samantha from United States
Comment 6 of 44, added on November 10th, 2005 at 7:14 AM.

Dear Jeffrey,

It was wonderful to read your insightful interpretation of Robert Frost's
lines. Given that English is obviously a second or perhaps, a third
language for you I think you've done a wonderful job of getting at least
some of your punctuation and grammar right. Far be it for me to nitpick,
given your commendable efforts at expressing yourself in a foreign language
such as English - please allow me to offer a word or two of advice to you.


Vowels, except on a few rare occasions are always preceded by an 'an'. As I
have demonstrated in the last sentence.

Also when using the plural form of a word that ends in an 's', one uses an
apostrophe at the end without adding an 's'.

Hope that some of this information comes of use to you in your heroic
effort to master the language.



Suman from India
Comment 5 of 44, added on October 13th, 2005 at 8:52 PM.

So, I didn't actually come to this webpage with the intention of writing
anything, but I figure, there's always a first! So, my overall oppinion of
this poem is that it is talking about death and stating that someday we all
will die, but I think it speaks more about how we all take for granted the
fact that we will die and choose not to think about it. If you look at the
first stanza, Frost says that only the living still come to the grave yard
(duh!) because the dead are already there and hence don't need to GO to the
graveyard. The second stanza states that all of the gravestones have some
saying that basically says "whoever reads this will someday join me." But,
if you think about it, that is exactly what the headstones say...Here
lies________ she/he.....and may she rest in peace. Or there are the
headstones that say loving wife of....they will forever be joined in Heaven
or something like that. Then in the third stanza he actually addresses the
main point of the poem. What is it men are shrinking from? DEATH!!! But,
what I fail to understand is the very last line-wth? I think they would
believe the lie????

Lynette from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 18. In a Disused Graveyard
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 11 2008


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