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Analysis and comments on Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

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Comment 21 of 681, added on August 30th, 2005 at 9:44 PM.

Robert Forst's poem Dust of Snow reminds me when I am having a terrible day
and when I think things can't get worse, I see someithing or experience
something that puts the importnat things into perspective.

Jennifer from United States
Comment 20 of 681, added on August 30th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

I really liked both the flow and content of this poem. I can relate to the
meaning of this poem becuase I can remember having bad days when suddenly,
the smallest thing happens that enlightens my day and causes me to laugh.
Many times, it is the small things in life that enlightens our spirits and
cause us to think about what is really important.

Kelly H. from United States
Comment 19 of 681, added on August 30th, 2005 at 6:06 AM.

This is one of the darkest of all Frost poems, but presented in such a way
as to turn convention on it's head. It's printed in all his books as two
4-line stanzas, and that's how I'm going to refer to it here.

Consider the imagery of the first stanza: dust, snow, hemlock, crow - all
common death symbols. Now note that it's not merely the existence of these
things that prompt the confession of stanza two, but the *way* that they
have been brought to the poets attention.

So essentially, what Frost is saying that having looked at, or having been
shown, death in a certain light has actually cheered him up. This is Frost
at his most terrifying.

Mike from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 681, added on August 28th, 2005 at 8:01 AM.

This poem makes me feel uplifted. It makes me think of the "stop and smell
the roses" phrase. People need to take some time to appreciate the small
things in life so they don't become overburdened by the events occurring
around them. The poem actually makes me think of the first chapter in "The
Kite Runner," of all the things happening around him, he stopped to watch
the "kites dance over trees."

Briana S. from United States
Comment 17 of 681, added on August 25th, 2005 at 12:19 PM.

This poem was very light and easy to read. I personally enjoyed it because
I need to be more like the person in the poem. I tend to dwell on the
little things in life instead of seeing the possible good in them. If I
were having a bad day, something as silly as snow falling on me would have
made me even more upset. This poem put in perspective for me that little
things are not worth getting upset over. I can try to find the joy in
life's little things instead.

Michaela from United States
Comment 16 of 681, added on August 25th, 2005 at 11:55 AM.

This poem reminds me how everyday occurances can sometimes have the power
to boost moods. Finding joy in the simple things is what makes life so
great, and this poem does just that.

Kathy S from United States
Comment 15 of 681, added on August 25th, 2005 at 9:24 AM.

I am more of a literal person so I did not get a feeling from this poem.
However, it did allow me to vizualize this crow knocking snow down on a
person. It made me begin to think about snow and the winter season. I
liked the way it flowed, which made it easy to see the picture.

Tracy from United States
Comment 14 of 681, added on August 24th, 2005 at 9:41 PM.

This poem makes me think of times when you are having a bad day or you are
in a bad mood. Something small can happen that will change the course of
the day or your mood. Its moments like in the poem that put life back into
perspective. We need to learn to enjoy and take in the world around us.

Karrah from United States
Comment 13 of 681, added on August 24th, 2005 at 7:09 PM.

I enjoy hearing the sounds of the words in this poem. This poem has a nice
relaxing flow to it. Even, though I enjoyed the sound of this poem I do
not have a strong emotional response to it. When I read this poem it was
not clear what his meaning was. As a very literal person I need more
information...I did not make the connection that snow falling on this
person would make him feel better about his day.

Marissa from United States
Comment 12 of 681, added on August 24th, 2005 at 6:18 PM.

This poem reminds me of finding the silver lining in the clouds. At the
same time as I read this poem I feel sorrow for this man that is made a
little bit happier by something so simple as snow. I can feel the sorrow
from his day. I feel as though he cannot take anymore and will try to find
happiness in the smallest things. I am reminded of myself on a bad day when
I find happiness in something simple.

Chelsea Warne 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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