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Analysis and comments on Sand Dunes by Robert Frost

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
Comment 5 of 8, added on April 29th, 2006 at 2:28 PM.

Benjy Treister
April 29, 2006
Native English 9#



“Sand dunes” by Robert frost.

Sea waves are green and wet,
But up from where they die,
Raise 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.

In the poem “sand dunes”, Robert frost talks about the sea and the sand,
and nature itself, as wishing to destroy human striving and achievement.
The morel of the poem, however, is that humans will ultimately prevail.

We first see the destructive fore of nature in the second stanza. The sand
dunes goal is described as to “bury in solid sand\
The men she could not drown.” these lines refer to normal human burial.
“She,” refers to the sea, indicating that all of nature-the sea and the
sand-wish to kill humans.
We see the destructive force off nature again in the second stanza. The
sea and the sand dunes, and possibly nature itself, are described as
wishing to “cut off mind”. “cut off mind,” refers to physical death, but it
also means cutting of human striving and achievement, for this is what the
human mind, and the human kind as a hole does.
But finally, we see the morel of the poem, that “human ultimately
prevails” in the third forth stanza.
In the third stanza it says “But she [nature] does not know mankind.” this
means that nature does not know the way in which the human mind works.
Human mind is continues, and therefore nature can not prevail.
But we see this point better in the last stanza. “And be but more free to
think\For the one more cast-off shell.” nature may try its best to sink
human boats, or destroy huts. But man will not stop. They will overcome,
and continuo on. Nature, by sinking a ship gives man more freedom of mind.
To think how to fix the problem or how to make ships unsinkable. And to
overcome nature.

In “sand dunes,” we encounter nature as a destructive force striving hard
to destroy mankind, in physical way, but also to destroy human
achievements. But in the poem, mankind is described as an unstoppable
force. No matter what nature will try to do to stop mankind, mankind shall
prevail, because the mans mind is continues.








benjy treister from Israel
Comment 4 of 8, added on April 18th, 2006 at 12:14 AM.

This poem is so evocative. It was selected as a poem to recite in class.
Sand dunes are constantly shifting shape and those living near them know
they are beautiful in their changing graceful lines. But there is always
the threat of the sea that comes across in the poem.

Jodi from United States
Comment 3 of 8, added on April 1st, 2006 at 11:16 PM.

Hmm.. Sierra from United States.. I think there is a reason why Robert
Frost is considered one of the greatest poets of all time. So please keep
negative comments to yourself because you just look ignorant. This poem is
so intricately written so that every word and structure adds unto its
meaning. I especially love the "hut" part, where this "hut" can be compared
to a grave that forms when the sand dunes swallow men.

grace from United States
Comment 2 of 8, added on May 21st, 2005 at 11:23 PM.

The language is stunningly beautiful, and the idea is poignant and strong.
Not all poems have meaning, but this one certainly does.

Katie from United States
Comment 1 of 8, added on May 12th, 2005 at 5:31 PM.

I think this poem is pointless!

Sierra from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 22. Sand Dunes
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 4 2012


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