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Analysis and comments on Once By The Pacific by Robert Frost

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Comment 11 of 321, 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 321, 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
Comment 9 of 321, added on January 29th, 2006 at 11:08 PM.

I chose to analyze the poem for a class assignment and I believe it is open
to many interpretations. For instance I looked at it from the stand point
of a woman who has been deeply hurt by someone she loved and trusted and
now has a growing sense of rage as she dwells. She is coming to a breaking
point and points this out with a menacing tone. She may take revenge or
simply have a confrontation.

Kari from United States
Comment 8 of 321, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 12:01 AM.

I think this poem has very deep meaning. As you read it over and over you
can not tell what Robert Frost is trying to point out. Is it just about how
powerful nature can be? Or just about the possibilities of nature? I think
not. The last line of the poem says “before god’s last ‘put out the light’
was spoken” Put out the light is the reversal of “let there be light.” I
think what Robert Frost is trying to say that god created (let there be
light,) so god has the power to destroy (put out the light.) Robert Frost
could have had deeper meaning as to why he should express these thoughts,
but that is beyond me, maybe he thinks that we should all follow the man
who has the ultimate power of nature, because he has the power to kill us
all, or maybe he’s trying to point out that we should live life to the
fullest because god can end it. I personally didn't know him so I do not

Ryan B. from United States
Comment 7 of 321, added on December 8th, 2005 at 12:43 AM.

i thought this poem meant that eggs being eaton by peeps was pretty radical

soy soy from China
Comment 6 of 321, added on December 1st, 2005 at 4:55 AM.

I may be a late comer to this, but as look at the poem it seems to evoke
the furious energy of nature, and a combination of ambviilence towards the
vastness and/or agelessness of natural forces, and a sober consideration of
its end

steven from United States
Comment 5 of 321, added on November 7th, 2005 at 3:44 PM.

I at first thought the poem was about the end of the world and human life
but then it came to seem that the wrath of the oceans had once killed a
happy person and broken their life.

Comment 4 of 321, added on October 20th, 2005 at 5:18 PM.

When I analyzed this poem, I did not see it in a religious point of view.
My interpretation was that this poem suggested a deeper meaning than just
waves crashing against the shore. It felt as though the waves were
entertaining thoughts of "doing something to the shore that water had never
done to land before". I read the tone as ominious and strongly hinting
toward Apocalypse. This is only my interpretation.

Ryo Ogawa from United States
Comment 3 of 321, added on October 4th, 2005 at 11:58 AM.

I thought this poem was about the power of nature. The water has the
ability to erode and to destroy. The stormy weather seems to suggest that
the wateris almost conspiring to attack the shore. But it cannot because it
is luckily backed by a cliff. There is also a biblical reference "Put out
the Light" is a reversal of "Let there be light" In Frost's poetry he
reflects an ambivalence towards nature. This poem conters many traditional
American writers like Whitman who worship nature. Nature is not always
good. It can also destroy.

Comment 2 of 321, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 8:33 AM.

This poem is not about God sending down his wrath. It's about god
protecting us and saving us for the evil that's about to come. It's like
his telling us that he is not going to let us go untill it is time and it's
not time for us to all die.He is giving us hope and joy to still live and
go on. that's what this poem is about.

Tony 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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