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Comment 13 of 103, added on February 8th, 2012 at 9:10 AM.
What I really think the poem is about is that this couple loves each other
very much but the treacherous path has weakened their love. If they work
out their problems or go over this wall with barbed wire and what have you
then they will continue on if not then they stay with the dear. I think
this shows the human capacity to love...
Lexi from United States
Comment 12 of 103, added on August 6th, 2011 at 9:21 AM.
I simply think the poem is talkn about two people on a hike who suddenly
come across a wall with a barbed wire to their disappointment but are also
weary of going back as its fast gettn dark and the way back look difficult
and dangerous! Suddenly comes a doe opposite d fence who regards them
unsure of their purpose but unscared goes on its way. Next is the buck who
was a little less patient than d doe, but who also unscared walks away. The
couple suddenly feels a sense of ones with nature at that precise time.
Dora from Nigeria
Comment 11 of 103, added on December 31st, 2009 at 2:06 PM.
Jerry is right. This poem is not about a human relationship in turmoil as
others have commented.
In this poem, the couple is in love--very deeply in love. They travel up
the mountain even though it is getting dark because they want to be
together, and not turn back. When they come upon the wall, they know that
they cannot go further, but they want to. They stand there and contemplate
going further. But before they turn back, they come face to face with two
deer--who are also at the wall, and can go no further. When they see the
deer, it is like they are looking in a mirror. They see themselves in the
deer--they too are a couple walking through the woods, yet the wall keeps
them (humans and nature) from truly becoming one. They display mutual
respect for each other, and at this time, the humans feel a deep connection
with nature. They see it as a rare moment to reinforce their unity with
the earth, and to reinforce their love. They would never have seen this
had they not been so in love, and had turned back early. Beautiful poem!
jen from United States
Comment 10 of 103, added on October 16th, 2009 at 1:12 PM.
The poem suggests an encounter between humans and nature, which while
separated by a wall centuries of
anegative relationships, that is balanced,beneficial,
harmonious,a right relationship based not on fear or
dominance,but respect, degree of intimacy and understanding. A much more
positive view of the human/natural world than Woodpile, Stopping the
The Most of It, etc. Earth, indeed, has "returned their love." They have
taken the right path, not the well-worn way they must not go, unsafe in
A quiet, yet dynamic poem with wonderful progression.
Moving without becoming sentimental, simple without becoming simplistic.
The wonderful spell is never broken!
from United States
Comment 9 of 103, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 PM.
I agree that it is about relationship difficulties and the 'way they must
not go' is the option of giving up on their relationship; the 'failing
Olivia from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 103, added on March 26th, 2008 at 11:31 AM.
Well this poem could be interpreted in many ways. This could also be
interperted as two hikers going up a mountain. Then they meet two deers
that are being separted by a wall symbolizing that humans really destruct
mothe rnature, remeber that Frost was against humans because he beileved
that it was all humans fault that bad things happen to helpless animals.
David from United States
Comment 7 of 103, added on March 20th, 2008 at 12:02 PM.
I don't see it as a relationship problem, rather I think it deals more with
the idea of living compared to not living. The buck questions whether or
not they are alive because they are afraid to move and "live," where-as the
deer are "living" in the moment. They do however love nature and in the end
feel as though nature loves them back; it gave them an un-asked for favor
in showing them that they aren't "living." The poem doesn't specify who the
two people are, leading me away from claiming it is a relationship.
Kim from United States
Comment 6 of 103, added on May 29th, 2006 at 3:45 AM.
If you look at the poem it has only one stanza and all of the lines are
relatively the same length. One can see that this reflects the idea that
for a few seconds the two animals and humans are equal and one in the same.
This is shown by Frost as he uses the animals perspective also, they are
equal, apart of a larger force; mother nature. Yeah! I have an exam
Jason from New Zealand
Comment 5 of 103, added on October 14th, 2005 at 4:32 AM.
the poem is all about a form of understanding btwn man and nature. the deer
and the buck represent nature because the wood is their natural habitat and
they didnt make any move to attack the couple because they were invading
their privacy, instead, they passed unscared along the
temi from Nigeria
Comment 4 of 103, added on February 12th, 2005 at 3:47 PM.
Its about a man and woman having a difficult relationship. The image of
the couple going up a mountain is their tough journey through life and
tough journey of fixing their relationship because the buck says that "Why
don't you make some motion? Or give osme sign of life? Because you can't.
I doubt if you're as living as you look." Their relationship is dead. The
wall with barbed-wire binding is an image of prison and being trapped in a
relationship or trapped momentarily because of a difficult time in
relationship. Line 1-3 mean that love can't work all the magic in a
relationship in its own..its takes hard work and committment. Love can't do
it all. Line 4-6 show the couples' thoughts of giving up, turning around,
and being scared of the dark which is the unknowing or death. The end means
they fix their relationship or either go to heaven.
from United States
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