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Analysis and comments on Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

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Comment 70 of 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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
Comment 66 of 730, added on March 13th, 2008 at 7:46 AM.

While i was readin' this poem"dust of snow"i noticed that Robert Frost uses
lots of figurative language forexample the word "snow" represents the
positive aspects in life .Also we can find the two words "crow" and
"hemlock tree" which are symbols of negative things like death.and here we
can say that life has both negative and positive aspects.so from this poem
we have to learn a very important lesson which is that we have always look
at the bright side of things after havin' a bad day or experience.

MERYAM from Morocco
Comment 65 of 730, added on March 13th, 2008 at 5:12 AM.

actualy,frost's poem is one of the nicese poems i have ever read.because of
its simplicity,it is a richness one;as it represents a human experience in
artistic frame,in other words;the poem sum up frost's life .taking into
consideration that frost was educated and grown up in a different
surounding than his.there fore,i think it is quite normal to discribe his
early life in britain as a dust of snow that freezed his nostalgy or home
sickness to words his native country during his childhood.

youyou from Morocco
Comment 64 of 730, added on January 7th, 2008 at 5:07 PM.

Today my 8yr old who is in the 3rd grade came home with this poem for
homework along with a series of questions to describe the meaning of the
poem. So after sitting down with my son and helping him to understand I
decided to do some research of my own and I am completely dumb founded that
he was given such a poem at such a young age when clearly adults can't seem
to understand this poem...at least according to all the other comments.

Crystal from United States
Comment 63 of 730, added on December 29th, 2007 at 8:50 AM.

Hemlock trees arent poisonous and are completely different from Hemlock.
But the name and comparitive smell of them could give an illusion of danger
that is a bad event, but in retrospect... isn't.

Tom from United Kingdom
Comment 62 of 730, 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

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 730, 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

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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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