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Analysis and comments on Bereft by Robert Frost

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Comment 11 of 31, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 4:56 PM.

this poem was one of the best ones that i read. and i've read and analyzed
like 12 poems in one day...

if you don't understand it, that doesn't mean you should hate it...

priscilla from United States
Comment 10 of 31, added on December 13th, 2005 at 2:14 PM.

hey im only 17 years of age and able to get a great deal from this poem so
i dont understand how its considerd to be a bad peice of poetry to some of
you folk. "Leaves got up in a coil and hissed, Blindly struck at my knee
and mist" is my favourite part of the poem as is describing the action to
that of a snake when it is threatend and attaking.The use of the
onomatopoetic language here gives great life to the dead leaves and makes
them more snake like. i agree that this poem is to do with the loss of
companionship but there are many many ways to take this poem and thats why
i like it so much.

ben from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 31, added on November 28th, 2005 at 4:53 PM.

Who defines what great poetry is. If I cant figure out what a poet is
saying, is it considered great. NO. Poetry is just a word thrown around
when something is wrriten with emotion. Screw Shakespear, Frost, and
Everyone Else

Yo from United States
Comment 8 of 31, added on September 1st, 2005 at 11:52 AM.

The word 'bereft' had been in my head all day, so I typed it into Google,
only to find this lovely poem. Coincidentally, my favourite poem is also by
Robert Frost: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. At 60, with my fourth
and youngest child soon to leave home for university, I am feeling bereft,
and facing a 'restive door'. This is a sad, brave poem. It doesn't give
much comfort, or any answers, but that's life.

Kate from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 31, added on August 9th, 2005 at 7:10 PM.

i can't beliebe the audacity of "st.jimmy". what a complete moron. oh, and
the poem was written about a time in frost's life when he thought his love
and future wife had rejected him. (i.e when he was young) its about his
loss of will to live because the only happiness ("summer was past and day
was past") seemed lost to him.

Christelle from United States
Comment 6 of 31, added on May 5th, 2005 at 9:11 AM.

This poem literally makes me cry. It's is so incredibly lonely. Why does it
have to be taken apart, why can't you just FEEL the poem? Some very good
poetry could never be broken down, but if you can FEEL it, you will see
that it really doesn't NEED to be broken down.

amy from United States
Comment 5 of 31, added on February 24th, 2005 at 4:33 PM.

actually Candy, if i am not mistaken, "sinister" is three syllables. you
were wrong in saying there weren't any words over two syllables. this poem
is a great testimony to frost's ability to convey death in a very
figurative way. "bereft" is one of my favorites.

bobby from United States
Comment 4 of 31, added on February 13th, 2005 at 1:29 PM.

The poem is as much about loss of companionship as it is about looking
towards death. The hissing of the wind is reflected in the sibilant sounds
of the chosen words. The shortness of the words themselves - nothing over
two syllables - also lends to a short, lonely feeling. He is clearly
writing of a man in the autumn of his life, and not looking forward to that

Candy from United States
Comment 3 of 31, added on January 28th, 2005 at 5:18 PM.

Actually, both of their responses are illogical. I'm not going to bother
fighting about what the purpose of the peom is, seeing as how it can be
interpreted many ways. However, a poorly written poems would not have used
nearly as much figurative language, metonomy, imagery, and onomatopoetic
language. All these aside, the poem should not be critiqued for a use of a
topic rather the languages used, and the immaturity of the first comment
should not have even been commented on, it's a waste of characters.

Michelle from United States
Comment 2 of 31, added on December 8th, 2004 at 10:43 PM.

This is not some stupid poem, like what the others say, they are just being
stupid. The poem is about not being able to escape death (holding open a
restive door) and accepting that you are becoming old and will die soon.
The poem is written very figuratively, not giving away anything that is
actually meant clearly.

Rob from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 15. Bereft
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 339 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 24 2000

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