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Analysis and comments on The Span Of Life by Robert Frost

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Comment 16 of 16, added on July 19th, 2014 at 6:18 AM.
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Comment 15 of 16, added on February 11th, 2012 at 11:50 PM.
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peek-a-booand you smile ear to earnot caring you’ve unlatchedbecause
comfort is still nearThen I tickle youand you squeal in delightbecause
breastfeeding smilesmean everything is alright[]

Barata from Morocco
Comment 14 of 16, added on February 11th, 2012 at 6:28 PM.
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Comment 13 of 16, added on February 10th, 2012 at 4:26 PM.
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Phyllis from United States
Comment 12 of 16, 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 16, added on July 26th, 2010 at 4:36 AM.

Thanks to Bill P. and Charlotte,.. I got my English assignment right by
your comments,.. :D

Hans Christer from Philippines
Comment 10 of 16, 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
Comment 9 of 16, added on November 30th, 2007 at 11:18 PM.

the poem is really an exposition of sound's effect on poetry--in the phrase
"barks backwards," all of the syllables are not only stressed, but are hard
to say. this is intential as the cacophony is meant to slow the rhythm and
break it down, thus paralleling how the old dog has slowed down. moreover,
the part describing the pup is euphonious as it appeals to the ear and
easily slips off the tongue, reflecting how the pup is fast and full of
life. frost does a stunning job of reflecting the meaning of the work
through the actual sound of the words.

Charlotte from United States
Comment 8 of 16, added on April 4th, 2007 at 8:28 AM.

The first time i got to know Frost was in one of my poetry lectures in
colledge ,the spirit of his poems is imprinted forever in my mind.In fact
this poem reminded me of the notion of time around which all his poems
revolve.The poem is a deep contemplation upon this amasing creature that
turns our dreams into ashes and because of it we can never go two paths
till the end ,it is only way .

brahim from Morocco
Comment 7 of 16, added on April 11th, 2006 at 8:28 AM.

The poem is very much about the span of life--the title plainly tells us
this--but what makes this poem a classic is the sound of the two lines.
Read them aloud and listen. Not only is Frost describing the two ages of
the dog (young and old), he has also captured the sound of those two
periods of life with the slow, grumbling of the first line juxtaposed with
the fast, flitting sound of the second. It is literally impossible to read
the first line quickly, and yet the second races from the lips without a
break. Paramount Frost.

P. Timothy Ervin from Japan

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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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