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Analysis and comments on Once By The Pacific by Robert Frost

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Comment 16 of 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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 326, 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

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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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