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Analysis and comments on Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

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Comment 63 of 333, added on March 13th, 2008 at 7:46 AM.

While i was readin' this poem"dust of snow"i noticed that Robert Frost uses
lots of figurative language forexample the word "snow" represents the
positive aspects in life .Also we can find the two words "crow" and
"hemlock tree" which are symbols of negative things like death.and here we
can say that life has both negative and positive aspects.so from this poem
we have to learn a very important lesson which is that we have always look
at the bright side of things after havin' a bad day or experience.

MERYAM from Morocco
Comment 62 of 333, added on March 13th, 2008 at 5:12 AM.

actualy,frost's poem is one of the nicese poems i have ever read.because of
its simplicity,it is a richness one;as it represents a human experience in
artistic frame,in other words;the poem sum up frost's life .taking into
consideration that frost was educated and grown up in a different
surounding than his.there fore,i think it is quite normal to discribe his
early life in britain as a dust of snow that freezed his nostalgy or home
sickness to words his native country during his childhood.

youyou from Morocco
Comment 61 of 333, added on January 7th, 2008 at 5:07 PM.

Today my 8yr old who is in the 3rd grade came home with this poem for
homework along with a series of questions to describe the meaning of the
poem. So after sitting down with my son and helping him to understand I
decided to do some research of my own and I am completely dumb founded that
he was given such a poem at such a young age when clearly adults can't seem
to understand this poem...at least according to all the other comments.

Crystal from United States
Comment 60 of 333, added on December 29th, 2007 at 8:50 AM.

Hemlock trees arent poisonous and are completely different from Hemlock.
But the name and comparitive smell of them could give an illusion of danger
that is a bad event, but in retrospect... isn't.

Tom from United Kingdom
Comment 59 of 333, added on December 21st, 2007 at 10:45 AM.

I read all (many of, anyway) these comments and I just can't agree with
most of them. This poem was written prior to his wife's death, so I think
all of doom & gloom and the interpretations of the crow as death are
nonsense.

Remember, Frost was a poet. Poets, by nature, are often very
introspective, brooding deep-thinkers.

Having snow shaken off a tree on one's head, and down the back of one's
shirt, is not a pleasant experience. This begs the question, how is this
experience better than what had been going on earlier.

Probably, he was having a pleasant day. That would be rueful for a
brooding-poet type because he wouldn't have anything dark to brood upon.
So, getting snow dumped down his back would have been a perfect experience
to turn into a wonderful, deceptively simple, little poem for all of us to
attempt (without much success, in all likelihood) to interpret.


Tobias from United States
Comment 58 of 333, added on December 2nd, 2007 at 11:07 AM.

all of your comments have been helpful in formulating my own view of this
beautiful poem. i'm currently trying to prepare a presentation script based
on this poem and two other poems by Frost, but though all the poems suggest
beautiful sceneries and the intricate cycle of nature, it's kinda wearing
off on me.... anyone with the same thoughts?
Frost's poems are good, but i just don't know how are you supposed to
direct your points in such a way that you're saying his poems are
deceptively simple. they just look simple, and appears to be shallow and
descriptive more than cryptically commenting on the society or his views on
religion. i just don't get how you people can come up with such varied
responses to a simple 8-lined poem like this.

Siwon from Korea, South
Comment 57 of 333, added on July 9th, 2007 at 11:07 PM.

This poem shows how you should consider about optimism. I'm mostly
pessimistic, so after reading this poem it made me think about how I should
change my ideas. I think this poem is one of the best poems I've ever
read^-^*

Jean from Korea, South
Comment 56 of 333, added on May 28th, 2007 at 10:49 AM.

I view this poem as a clearer view of my "bad luck" childood. The crow
being the parents I inherited and the dust of snow as a gentle relief and
hope for the future. It certainly has given me a change of mood and a
positive outlook for the future. This poem just "popped" into my mind a
few weeks ago when I was really struggling with something in my personal
life.
Oh, what the unconscious can do!

It is one of my very favorite poems.

Anne Johnson from United States
Comment 55 of 333, added on May 25th, 2007 at 6:19 AM.

What can be the best example of optimism than the poem - Dust of Snow !
Great poet Robert Frost has given this great message through a short poem.

Ashok Limaye from India
Comment 54 of 333, added on May 18th, 2007 at 1:51 AM.

Sincerely, this poem is one of the best poems I have ever heard of or read.
There are so many interpretations to this poem that I could talk about it
for ages, but instead of that, I’m going to explain the way I see it.

The way a crow – The crow represents the death and is a symbol of bad luck.
Since crows are dark, they represent the comparison of good (snow, white)
against evil (crow, black). Not only is this understandable but something
interesting is that “Black-Krow on Snow” is currently my “MSN” nickname and
it has been so for a long time. In some way, Robert Frost and I share the
same thoughts. It might be a reason for which I have become a fan of most
of his work. He has probably gone through “dark, sad, black” parts of life,
just like me, and then…

Shook down on me
the dust of snow – The narrator receives “dust of snow” on him. The act of
receiving represents a trigger. The dust of snow is another comparison of
“good” against “evil” or “clean” against “dirty”

From a hemlock tree – This is the part that has exploded in my mind when I
looked up in an Internet dictionary and learned that hemlock is a dangerous
and venomous tree specie. Add this to the crow and you notice an extremely
powerful coincidence and aura of death and bad luck. This creates an
enormous sensation in me, just like anxiety. It pretty much describes the
worst thing you would encounter.


Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued – This represents the reaction created by the trigger.
It triggers a good feeling in the narrator because the all of this makes
him realize that his “rued” day was nothing bad compared to this. In fact,
it was so extreme compared to his bad day that finally, he notices that he
has passed a great day and It changes his mood. This means that when Robert
Frost went face to face with death, he changed his mind about his life and
became more optimistic and confident about it.


Gee from Canada

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 19. Dust of Snow
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 1676 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 22 2004


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