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Analysis and comments on On a Tree Fallen Across the Road by Robert Frost

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Comment 21 of 111, added on July 29th, 2011 at 10:40 AM.
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This makes eevrythnig so completely painless.

Dora from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 20 of 111, added on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:31 AM.
Lines 13 and 14

Yes. I agree that the first three stanzas of this poem are about the humans
ability to overcome obstacles. But I believe you are neglecting these last
two crucial lines.
"And, tired of aimless circling in one place,
Steer straight off after something into space."
Obviously there is something other than the humans ability to overcome
obstacles implied in this piece. Possibly Frost has acknowledged peoples
tendency to stray from their goals and aspirations. After years of striving
and searching and "aimlessly circling in one place" we as human beings find
a new object of desire and simply "steer straight off after something into
space."

Sophie A from United States
Comment 19 of 111, added on April 29th, 2009 at 11:35 PM.

Some people seem to think this poem is about human ability to overcome
obstacles, while others think it is about how while we try to overcome
obstacles, we ignore the beauty of nature around us. I think it may contain
double meaning like that in Frost's "The Road Not Taken", where many assume
that the narrator is glad he took "the road less travelled" because it gave
him a different experience, and fail to realize the sorrow of the speaker
that he cannot experience what both paths have to offer.

Colin from United States
Comment 18 of 111, added on November 23rd, 2008 at 10:56 AM.

in the poem who is she ? nature?

jose from United States
Comment 17 of 111, added on May 29th, 2008 at 11:33 PM.

This is actually a poem of humans' ability to overcome obstacles. If you
take the 10th and 11th line of the poem into consideration, you will see
that Frost may have may be implying that we, as humans, will never give up
and that we have it in ourselves to overcome this "fallen tree", this test
or obstacle placed in front of us.

Happy from United States
Comment 16 of 111, added on May 19th, 2008 at 12:54 AM.

oh, and by the way- i only fully agree with one of these explanation guys,
most of you aren't getting it- it's not about how us humans have the
ability to overcome obstacles, it's about how we're so occupied with
overcoming these obstacles placed in our way that we don't stop to think
about why they are here and who we are- like the branch in our pathway,
instead sitting down and being captivated by the beauty around us, we just
try to find a way around it. THIS IS NOT ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO OVERCOME
PROBLEMS.

lydih
Comment 15 of 111, added on May 18th, 2008 at 8:23 AM.

i'm a fan of this poem, robert frost isn't really my scene- i'm more into
plath and the like, but this poem is pretty amazing, i must say.

lydiuh from Australia
Comment 14 of 111, added on March 6th, 2008 at 8:59 PM.

Look a little deeper, you guys aren't getting it. Frost was opposed to
people running off without confronting what's right in front of them.
Applicable to NASA.

JB from United States
Comment 13 of 111, added on November 18th, 2007 at 5:08 PM.

i liked this poem the most because it is about life and even though we
build ourselves to be strong we can fall like the tree in the poem. some
obsticles arn't easy to over come but it can be done. the poem showed me
that every thing has a weakness. you can get through any thing even if you
arn't prepared for it to happen.

crawford
Comment 12 of 111, added on November 5th, 2007 at 7:04 PM.

I love the third stanza where it basically says we all have it in us to
overcome things, but it may be hidden. That is our struggle in life, to dig
deep inside ourselves and to find our stregnth.

Olivia from Australia

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Information about On a Tree Fallen Across the Road

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 42. On a Tree Fallen Across the Road
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 27 2011


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