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Comment 13 of 273, added on November 20th, 2010 at 4:09 PM.
The Question. Robert Frost

In the past i have been captivated by this (unfinshed?) poem by Robert
Frost, and have written my own next lines. We can all do this with a
different angle every time.
Oh too recently i have lost my grand-daughter less than 24 hours after her
birth. i will probably be using this poem at her cremation next week
-...to hopefully help my son and daughter in law to come to terms with our
loss. they have two wonderful children ages 5 and 3, so "NO" all the soul
and body scars are NOT too much to pay for birth. Those 2 lovely children
make the pain worth it; better we did not have to endure the soul and body
scars, but the incredibly beautiful things in life urge us to keep going.

carrie simms from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 273, added on July 15th, 2010 at 10:29 PM.

Very simple question. Whats your answer? honestly.

Robert T
Comment 11 of 273, added on May 2nd, 2006 at 11:42 AM.

i really like this poem

uche from Colombia
Comment 10 of 273, added on April 16th, 2006 at 10:25 AM.

It makes you think about life, about why we cry when someone die, about why
are we living? about things we do during life... about people we care
about, about people we love and leave this world...

KARELYS from Venezuela
Comment 9 of 273, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 3:11 PM.

This poem is beautiful! it really shows how you need to learn from life
and realize that everything you have done has been worth it. You dont want
to look back at your life and think of it as a waste. Instead, you want to
try to comprehend how you have matured throughout your life and how much
you believe in the decisions that you have made. Sure you may have been
hurt by the decisions that you made, but you lived through it and you
became stronger. You have to understand that what you've done, every
single decision and its consequences, have been right for you.

Christina from United States
Comment 8 of 273, added on February 28th, 2006 at 9:52 PM.

Robert Frost asked the unrequited question, “If all the soul- and-body
scars were not too much to pay for birth”. a short poem, yes, but it
indisputably portrayed a dramatic image of suffering. It is in suffering
that we live. this poem reminded me of shakespear's "to be or not to be"
soliloquy, "what makes calamity of so long life". what makes us bear the
unhappiness; the agony and woe for so long. I believe even frost's was
bewildered by the why. As are we all. If you ask walt why we have to drink
from the breast of life that feeds us misfortunes, he will simply answer.
"That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse. " maybe
the closest answer and most realistic answer for why we are born bathing in
a pool of sharks.

xavier from United States
Comment 7 of 273, added on February 11th, 2006 at 1:32 PM.

He who asks, knows not the answer

Nereyda Hinojosa from United States
Comment 6 of 273, added on January 19th, 2006 at 2:36 PM.

why do we fight, given birth is enough pain for people

tito from United States
Comment 5 of 273, added on January 18th, 2006 at 7:34 AM.

I think that this poem means that God ask the people was his cruel
punishment not enough for our birth which is why I don't think we should
take life fagranted. A very deep poem that could have many meanings.

shonta white from United States
Comment 4 of 273, added on May 5th, 2005 at 8:16 AM.

I think if you really read this poem, it's about what life can do to you,
and whether you believe the lessons you learned and the pain they caused
were worth it. It's a lovely poem and says an awful lot in just a few short
lines. I don't even think it's meaning is obscure.

amy from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: A Question
Volume: A Witness Tree
Year: 1942
Added: Feb 20 2003
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