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Analysis and comments on Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

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Comment 80 of 730, added on April 9th, 2011 at 1:09 AM.

I have taught this poem to three different groups of stdents. I found a new
meaning in these lines. In my opinion that is where the true beauty of this

sachin kharat from India
Comment 79 of 730, added on January 15th, 2011 at 11:34 PM.
a dust of snow

one of my favorite poems- I like the fact that it was written as a sort of
"dare" i.e. can you write a poem from any phrase? the phrase was "Dust of

John Carver from United States
Comment 78 of 730, added on March 1st, 2010 at 7:13 AM.

My favourite poem of all time! Reminds you that hope can be found in the
darkest of places. The images of the crow and hemlock tree (which are
symbolic of death) would (we naturally suppose) provoke a feeling of
melancholy. Instead, 'it saved some part of a day I had rued.' Lovely,
warming and musical!

Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 77 of 730, added on February 12th, 2010 at 8:31 PM.
Dust of Snow

The hemlock tree Frost knew in New England was probably Tsuga canadensis --
a lovely evergreen, not to be confused with poison hemlock -- conium
maculatum, a tall flowering plant that looks a little like elder (Sambucus
sp.) seen in roadside ditches.

rosemary from United States
Comment 76 of 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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

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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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