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Robert Frost - Sand Dunes

Sea waves are green and wet,
But up from where they die,
Rise others vaster yet,
And those are brown and dry.

They are the sea made land
To come at the fisher town,
And bury in solid sand
The men she could not drown.

She may know cove and cape,
But she does not know mankind
If by any change of shape,
She hopes to cut off mind.

Men left her a ship to sink:
They can leave her a hut as well;
And be but more free to think
For the one more cast-off shell.

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 22. Sand Dunes
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: Published/Written in 1928
Poem of the Day: Aug 4 2012

Comment 8 of 8, added on February 10th, 2012 at 12:37 PM.
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It is a long drive crloayn...even the 4.5 hour drive from where we are is a stretch with 2 kids and a puppy...but totally worth it!

Sonia from Algeria
Comment 7 of 8, added on May 13th, 2010 at 6:40 PM.

i dont get the poem, but it sounds meaningful

jack from Australia
Comment 6 of 8, added on May 18th, 2008 at 4:36 PM.

I agree with Benjy. Though this poem antagonizes nature as a destroyer (there is a great deal of death imagery), it ultimately shows mankind as the winner. This poem exemplifies the idea that man and nature are constantly in battle with each other, though only on a literal level. On a figurative level, it is possible that this poem is allegorizing the relationship between powers, that power is constantly in a cycle, shifting from one force to another.

Adeeba from United States

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