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Analysis and comments on Once By The Pacific by Robert Frost

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Comment 19 of 329, added on October 26th, 2010 at 8:55 PM.
great flood

i thought the poem was about the great flood because it talked about water
and how someone had better be prepared for rage (Noah)

Comment 18 of 329, added on May 18th, 2010 at 6:22 PM.
Once by the Pacific

This poem really signifies th epower of nature!

Amanda McHansen from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 329, added on May 4th, 2009 at 6:34 PM.

I had to do this for class, and we discussed 3 main interpretations of the
1. Frost was very big in his life on people being in harmony with nature,
and this poem could be interpreted as nature releasing it's wrath on us for
our mistreatment of it.
2.The Biblical aspect is that "put out the light" is a twisted form of "and
then there was light", what God said in Genesis when creating the world.
The idea would be that God said "put out the light" one last time,
signaling the end of the world, which would make this poem apocalyptic.
This is the most popular interpretation.
3. The lesser known interpretation could be that "put out the light" is a
quote from Shakespeare's play "Othello", in which a man is convinced by a
jealous man that his wife was cheating on him, so he killed his wife. Just
before he suffocated her, he said "put out the light", therefore giving the
poem a possible meaning of murder. The huge storm is in reference to God's
wrath for a murder committed.

Rain from United States
Comment 16 of 329, added on February 26th, 2009 at 9:06 PM.

It is related to the Grapes of Wrath and the revenge that the tenant
farmers will get.

Sam from United States
Comment 15 of 329, added on February 1st, 2008 at 12:29 AM.

the poem is a sonnet about the end of the world

taylor from United States
Comment 14 of 329, added on April 10th, 2007 at 4:19 PM.

“Put out the Light” is a famous line from the Shakespeare play “Othello.”
Othello speaks these lines just before he kills his wife, who he feels
(inaccurately) has betrayed him. He believes that only by killing her can
her "innocence” be restored.

scott from United States
Comment 13 of 329, added on January 28th, 2007 at 11:47 PM.

i really like this peom it feels so real.

Geogia from United States
Comment 12 of 329, added on April 4th, 2006 at 7:57 PM.

What would you say this poem is... Lyric? Sonnet? Free verse?

George from United States
Comment 11 of 329, added on March 17th, 2006 at 12:57 AM.

Frost was born in San Francisco and lived here until he was 10 years old.
This poem has always been special to me because it evokes a child's fear of
fog, wind, and waves here on the penninsula. It expresses a child's fear of
the unknown and of the night.

Quilty from United States
Comment 10 of 329, added on February 16th, 2006 at 8:28 PM.

I really like the allusion that Jackie brings up about how god putting out
the light is the opposite of god saying let there be light. I believe that
this poem is a metaphor for the human race and how we are too proud to help
each other out, so we fight wars to prove how strong we are. However,
mankind is all the same even though we strive to be different and to stand
out from the crowd we are all one and though we should tread our own paths
it is always good to have someone to fall back on. Therefore, if we keep
fighting wars then the end is closer that we suspect. The locks that cover
the eyes is propaganda that is used to cover the true evil of war. Robert
Frost does all this by alluding to the natural process of nature and how
water erodes the cliff, but thankfully there is so much land that it will
take forever for land to be completely wiped out; however, at this rate it
is sooner than we think. The night of dark intent is a storm clud (a third
party) that speeds the process along. All in all this poem is pessimistic
and it is supposed to be a very succinct wake up call saying work together!

Dan from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 12. Once By The Pacific
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 14 2000

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