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Comment 62 of 682, 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 61 of 682, 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 60 of 682, 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 59 of 682, 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 58 of 682, 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 57 of 682, 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
Comment 56 of 682, added on May 9th, 2007 at 12:49 PM.

i love this poem

and its really

easy to memorize

Renee from United States
Comment 55 of 682, added on April 20th, 2007 at 6:32 AM.

there is sooo much to this poem, the structure and meanings, you can read
on forever but never finish interpreting it. i love the way it's been put
together, the abab rhyming format and (as sam said) the 4-4-4-5 syllable
showing change in mood. i think Frost is telling us that the tiniest things
can make all the difference, this attitude helped Frost out of his own
depression after experiencing death in his family. Robert Frost Rules!

Lerly from New Zealand
Comment 54 of 682, added on March 27th, 2007 at 3:53 PM.

Thanks for all of the interperations of the poems. I used them for my essay
and i got 100%. Thanks!

I.D.N. from United States
Comment 53 of 682, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 5:00 AM.

i really love this peom but i dont know what is the real meaning but i
agree with sam also the interpretation of kyle but i dont want her
attitude everyone of us we have different understanding to this peom

john from Philippines

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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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