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Comment 6 of 11, added on May 29th, 2007 at 1:53 PM.

Obviously such a seasoned poet as Robert Frost would not write a poem about
parcels but about the symbolic struggles of life. Not only do the "bottles,
buns..." symbolize the complexities of living such a stressed life and
juggling many things, but also the things that one must live with for his
entire life. The death of several of Frost's children occurred earlier in
his life, and he must deal with their deaths along with living a normal
life full of these other stressful things.

Brian from United States
Comment 5 of 11, added on May 21st, 2007 at 8:09 PM.

Many people have experienced this situation at least once, and they know
how frustrating it can be. One can easily relate to these circumstances.
The poem is not necessarily about an armful that is hard to carry, but a
mind that is full of stress and tension. The mind contains strains that
the owner does not know how to manage. Frostís poem describes a troubled
mind that is packed with too many impossible thoughts and worries. These
thoughts and worries are tremendously complicated to organize.

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Comment 4 of 11, added on December 11th, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

This poem is a symbol of all the "things" we have to deal with happy or sad
as they are. Sometimes you can't carry them all but have to work at them.
Robert Frost uses a lot of symbolism in his poems.

Demi from United States
Comment 3 of 11, added on October 17th, 2005 at 12:35 AM.

The poem is very symbolic. On the surface, it is about a man who is
holding too many parcels so that he is having trouble carrying them around
until finally he must reorganize the parcels in a better way so that he can
carry them. The parcels are symbolic of all of the "things" we have in our
lives: God, family, friends, school, sports, relationships, etc. We try to
balance all of these things in our life using our hands, minds, and hearts,
but sometimes life becomes overwhelming and we simply cannot carry all of
the things we are trying to carry. At this point, we must set down
everything, reorganize, reprioritize, and start again.

Evan Vars from United States
Comment 2 of 11, added on August 15th, 2005 at 3:18 PM.

The narrator has an armful of things. These things often fall down putting
the narrator into trouble. 'Collecting things' is easy comparing to
'safe-guarding of things'.

Rajesh Venkatesan from India

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Information about The Armful

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 35. The Armful
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 1376 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 21 2003

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