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Analysis and comments on The Need of Being Versed in Country Things by Robert Frost

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Comment 13 of 33, added on March 12th, 2012 at 3:33 PM.
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Comment 12 of 33, added on February 12th, 2012 at 3:42 AM.
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Comment 11 of 33, added on January 8th, 2009 at 4:30 PM.

This poem (like many of Frost's poems) is about the differences between
humans and nature. The plants and animals do not mourn the loss of the
farmhouse, they continue to live, even making their homes in the reckage.
The central idea is that, although many other poets talk of nature as being
gentle and beautiful, we shouldn't sentimentalise it as it is, in fact,
brutal and uncaring. The birds have not 'wept' after the destruction, they
barely notice. This veiw of nature being savage present in other poems of
Frost's.

DikWittington from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 33, added on January 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 PM.

robert frost grew up on a farm and rode a pig and had a fight with a
doctor. also his lovers climbed mountains and thats what this poem is truly
about.

yaser from Mexico
Comment 9 of 33, added on January 13th, 2008 at 9:50 AM.

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Comment 8 of 33, added on December 5th, 2007 at 4:57 AM.

If you grew up in the country, truly, you understand natural decay and "to
every season turn, turn," and you do not grieve too long and certainly know
that the birds don't.

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Comment 7 of 33, added on December 5th, 2007 at 1:55 AM.

I'd have to disagree with some of the aforementioned ideas. I think this
poem is about the relationship of nature to human emotion and suffering. By
saying "For them there was really nothing sad" he is saying that human
loss doesn't reflect on nature, which in this poem is represented by the
phoebes. The birds are singing and flying around, and the tulips are
growing regardless of the fact the farmhouse was a desolate wreck.

Jase from United States
Comment 6 of 33, added on May 1st, 2006 at 3:53 PM.

I think this poem has got a lot of emotions in it. It's about the great
human feelings in contrast with the lack of feelings in nature. The speaker
is giving a sense of sadness, regret, and the idea of abandoned things.
He's trying to give the birds human feelings "Their murmur more like the
sigh we sigh". It's obvious in the poem that there's no sentiment in
nature. Things other than human beings don't have feelings and emotions.
That's all what i can say about this poem. I think its quiet interesting!

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Comment 4 of 33, added on November 13th, 2005 at 10:57 AM.

Literally the poem is about a desolated farmhouse whhich burned leaving a
barn, inhabited by birds. This poem is written in quatrains. It contrasts
the views of man and nature with 'the will of the wind'. Nature just
carries on like 'the lilac renewed its leaf And the aged elm although
touched with fire' however the man made objects like the 'pump' and 'wire'
don't renew. I think the metaphorical meaning is that there is a gulf
between human artiface and nature.

Nick from United Kingdom

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Information about The Need of Being Versed in Country Things

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 45. The Need of Being Versed in Country Things
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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