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Analysis and comments on The Span Of Life by Robert Frost

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Comment 12 of 19, added on March 8th, 2011 at 2:15 PM.
I now cry when I read this poem

I first encountered this poem as a college freshman 45 years ago. At
first, I thought it was about dogs. But as I have grown older, I realize
that it is really about people. Now as I read it, the ups and the downs of
my life flash past me like ocean waves. And I see myself as an old dog who
is capable of remembering, but unable to change, any part of the past. I
now weep every time I read this poem.

Terry Maguire from United States
Comment 11 of 19, added on July 26th, 2010 at 4:36 AM.

Thanks to Bill P. and Charlotte,.. I got my English assignment right by
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Comment 10 of 19, added on October 20th, 2009 at 9:40 AM.

I love the simplicity and the complexity of the poem that comes through at
the same time. I get at least two perspectives; one of the dog and the one
of the observer. The dog is clearly old, and yet is still performing his
duty to bark at what needs to be barked at, still doing his sworn duty to
protect and defend its master...even though it may be behind him and he is
too tired or lame to get up and turn around. In the observer, there is a
sense of melancholy, remembering when the pup (perhaps himself, or this
friend that has provided continuous unrequited love) was young and
recognizing that the dog (again, perhaps himself, or that same friend) will
soon be gone. The simplicity and complexity are magnificent!

Bill P from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: The Span Of Life
Volume: Collected Poems, Henry Holt & Co.
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jan 29 2014


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