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Analysis and comments on The Thatch by Robert Frost

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Comment 3 of 79, added on October 21st, 2010 at 11:00 AM.

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Comment 2 of 79, added on April 3rd, 2007 at 12:16 AM.

I've been looking over this poem for school, and i have my own take on what
the meaning is. I have no idea if the subject is Frost or some made-up
charater, im assuming the latter. I think the character is planning to
break into the cottage that now belongs to someone else, taking into
account his fear of the light and why he is "So low I brushed the straw
with my sleeves" as if he was hiding around. I think that he may be
planning to enter through the unmended roof, for whatever reason. I don't
know if he is going to do anything, but he is "Intent on giving and taking
pain". Im thinking he was unfairly displaced from the cottage, at least in
his own mind, as he sympathises/relates to the birds he scares from the
holes. This also supports the entering through the roof theory, as he is
now on it or climbing on it in order to scare the birds nesting in the
roof. Im not sure if whatever's "life of hundred of years has ended"
refers to the life of the roof or the entire cottage, it could be both.
Well, send me a letter if you have something to say this year, dont bother
me in like 5 years or so, please.

David H from Canada
Comment 1 of 79, added on April 21st, 2005 at 1:58 PM.

I read somewhere that this poem begins with the discrition of an argument
that the poet is having with his spouse. This has never been my take. I
always believed 'The light' that the poet refers to is the hole in the roof
he describes at the end. The hole in the cottage where he was raised which
now allows for the rain to fall in a most undesired place, the upper
chamber floors (his boyhood sanctuary). He is upset at seeing this old
place of fond memories in such a state of disrepair. Does anyone else see
it this way?

MIke H from United States

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Information about The Thatch

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 19. The Thatch
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 30 2004

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