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Comment 43 of 683, added on March 15th, 2006 at 2:01 PM.

I totally understand this poem the way casey did. I agree it is looking at
"bright side" after a bad day. I really like it, it seems positive and

Tina from United States
Comment 42 of 683, added on March 3rd, 2006 at 1:17 PM.

Hi Sam, I'm currently studying Robert Frost for A-Level too! Your comments
are really useful, particularly compared to Kyle's unnecessary remarks. I
think the word you were looking for was 'no' as opposed to 'know', Kyle.
I especially agree with the fact that Frost leaves his poems open to
everyone's personal interpretation.
Where abouts in the UK are you from Sam?
On the subject of Frost, however, I love the way he takes such trivial
actions and transforms them into profound, meaningful observations. My
interpretation of 'Dust of Snow' is that the use of the lexis 'crow' and
'me' represents the relationship the narrative voice has with nature, and
how nature heals humans whereas they act as a destructive force (found in
many of his poems), he creates a balance.
Also, I feel that the title reflects dichotomy, black vs. white, dirt vs.
clean, negative vs. positive. I completely agree with Casey's
interpretation too.
By the way, does the word 'hemlock' have a specific meaning?
Thanks guys!

Charli from United Kingdom
Comment 41 of 683, added on February 28th, 2006 at 4:12 AM.

This poem is like a beautiful woman in the sense that if I see one she will
die. That is my feelings towards life because I am very depressed always.
This plane of existance is too much to BEAR. grizzly like my mother. BEAR.
life is too much to bare.

edwardo from Algeria
Comment 40 of 683, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 5:43 AM.

everytime I read this I want to slit my wrists, It is the most feelingest
poem I r having hte honour to read

~x~LoNeLy_SoLE~x~ from Azerbaijan
Comment 39 of 683, added on January 27th, 2006 at 5:29 PM.

To David from the Phillipines and Mike from the United Kingdom:
Thanks for your comments! I hadn't lingered on the wording in that first
stanza long enough to pick up any symbolic intent. Maybe a "dust of snow"
sent by the crow in the hemlock tree could represent a brush with death
that helped the speaker appreciate life a little more. The beauty of
poetry is that we can take from it what we need at the moment, and/or
interpret it according to our own life experiences.

KMBHB from United States
Comment 38 of 683, added on January 27th, 2006 at 4:57 PM.

To Kyle:
Shame on you for denigrating Sam's interpretation of this poem. Next time
you want to try to feel superior at someone else's expense, check your
spelling! (You dare to call Sam ignorant?) Next, you have the arrogance
to speak for all by implying that we couldn't relate to the character in
the poem because we never reach optimism (your interpretation of what the
poem is about). I'm sure many readers will agree with me that they
themselves have been filled with optimism, or perhaps rescued (my
interpretation based on the word "saved")from their pessimism, which
appears to be your negative inclination.

KMBHB from United States
Comment 37 of 683, added on January 26th, 2006 at 3:17 AM.

this poem is difficult to understand however treying to understand how
Robert Frost feels when writting these is slightly easier

Tonie Arckless from United Kingdom
Comment 36 of 683, added on January 8th, 2006 at 8:36 AM.

i think kyle from the us needs to chill out. you dont understand that none
of frosts poems are written with one specififc meaning or connotation in
mind, and, Frost surely intended the readers to seek their own personal
interpretations of his works. Maybe Sams plain grapgological interpretation
of the poem didnt fit what you had in mind, but it doest mean you have to
be a stuck up twat about it.

harry from United Kingdom
Comment 35 of 683, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 11:06 PM.

I'm not a poet nor an english student but I have a great respect for
poetry. After reading this poem I have come to a different understanding of
it's meaning but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. The poem
seems to deal with the positives found in negatives. Much like the wisdom
gained from disciplin, I love it's possitive out look and am greatful to
find others who agree. Thank you

casey from Canada
Comment 34 of 683, added on December 7th, 2005 at 8:26 PM.

Sam -
that was by far the worst assesment i have ever read. i am aware that you
were only trying to help but it would have been more help if you would have
just shut your ignorant mouth. First of all tere is know way of assuming
that the 4 lines represent the seasons for there is no corralation. Also,
you stated that we can identify with this character which is ironic because
this poem really represents optimism, which is by far what people never
reach in their lives. This may be your favorite poem, however, you dont
understand it at all.

kyle from United States

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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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