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Analysis and comments on Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

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Comment 76 of 686, added on February 12th, 2010 at 10:04 AM.
Dust of Snow

While walking in the woods the other day, a dust of snow fell down on me
from the feathery branch of a hemlock tree and reminded me of the Frost
poem. I have always loved its brief and joyous experience. Why analyze it
to death? It's a bit of perfection in every way!

Lyn from United States
Comment 75 of 686, added on May 12th, 2009 at 12:31 AM.

This poem is all about death. Hemlock trees were poisonous, and while
sitting under one, the crow shook dust onto his head.

When Frost mentions the day he "rued", he meant the day he lived. By the
end of this poem, the subject was dead. It's a very sad, dark poem, and
it's said that this was how Frost thought of his life when it was written.

Rachel from United States
Comment 74 of 686, added on April 5th, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

I think this is about someone very pessimistic but then the snow falls on
him and his life gets turned around. a good poem, strange, but good :)

Judy from United States
Comment 73 of 686, added on April 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 AM.

Ithink this poem is very enteresting and thought provoking. The use of crow
and snow is simply viewing two opposite items which symbolize two
contrasting features. the first being that crow is a symbol of death and
bad omen and the second is a symbol of life and good luck.
when the poet was sitting under the tree thinking how his life sucks, a
crow came and stood on the tree causing the snow on it to fall on the poet,
making the poet visioalise. As if he was in a coffin and the priest being
the crow is gently shattering the dust on his lifeless body. this vision of
death made him realize that life is valuable to him and short. so he
shouldn't spend it complaining and moaning.
the general idea behine this is that sometimes life cannot be valued untill
we are about to lose it.And that a person should live each day as if it is
the last. I really liked the poem.


fatma Abu-baker from Egypt
Comment 72 of 686, added on November 30th, 2008 at 7:38 PM.

Many of his poems are existential. This one is more spiritual. He is
enjoying a simple moment in the glory of nature. I love it.

Elinor Frost from United States
Comment 71 of 686, added on November 18th, 2008 at 4:00 AM.

I think that the crow is a great literary device... If i had a crow i would
name him russell.... "russell the crow". I think the crow is like a crow in
the way that he is black and he flys. Im also studying Robert Frost at A
level particularly dust of snow and am currently transfering it into a
short story. I would much appreciate any help you can give me. Im focusing
on "russell" as a real person with real feeling that shouldnt just be used
as an omen.

Matt from El Salvador
Comment 70 of 686, added on October 24th, 2008 at 7:42 AM.

this poem tells to me about the effects of nature on mood of human mind.The
poet was feeling bad that day and he was expecting a bad day to come.But
when a crow,a bird with sinister appearance,sitting on a hemlock tree, a
poisonous tree, together performed the pleasing incident of falling of the
dust of snow, he changed his expectations about the day.If two ominous
things could welcome him in a such nice way,the day was sure going to be
good and this idea changed his mood.

Prem Alok from India
Comment 69 of 686, added on April 9th, 2008 at 12:39 PM.

the poem “Dust of Snow” is about nature and how he feels related to nature.
This is shown when he says how the crow shook down on him and the dust of
snow from the hemlock tree gave him a change of mood. The poem is an
explanation to me that he used to think he was superior to nature until
nature gave him a change of mood, but kept in his mind how ungrateful he
was before.

With the best wishes for all


Jaber Alshuga'a from Yemen
Comment 68 of 686, added on April 6th, 2008 at 2:37 AM.

Even the title Dust of Snow tells us that it is a cold and deathly omen.
The cleric at the grave says: "Remember man, that you are dust." and one
throws dust or dirt on the coffin. The poet's propensity for interpreting
things as bad omen's makes him think of the dust of snow as a reminder of
death. The dark and perhaps scary way the iconic ill omen, the crow, shook
the cold dust of snow down on the poet. It was not a heap of snow, just a
dusting; enough to get one's attention, perhaps cause goosebumps. The
hemlock tree is another dark symbol. It conjures up death by poison.
Socrates. The great philosopher. So the piling up of dark symbol on
darker symbol finally adds up to too much gloom. The poet was having a bad
day to start with, and now, given as he is, to taking symbolism so to
heart, he sees the humor of so much fretting. Perhaps he smiles at how
overloaded the imagery is and his own fear. And that moment gives him an
insight into how lugubrious he tends to be most of the time. The insight
stays with him; whenever he thinks he is being inundated by dark symbols he
thinks of that moment and it makes him smile, thus saving that part of an
otherwise bad day.

BillSalem from United States
Comment 67 of 686, added on March 27th, 2008 at 4:59 AM.

"dust of snow" poem is an experieance of life.It deals with aperson who
want to escape from life problems by any way,so when the dust of snow fell
on him by acrow that was setting on hemlock tree, directly he think about
death that will be the end of his sorrow.the description of the symbols of
death "acrow,snow,and hemlock" is meaningful.

Rhma&sarah from Yemen

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


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