Comment 5 of 13, added on April 29th, 2006 at 2:28 PM.
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
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.