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Comment 12 of 52, added on February 9th, 2007 at 10:57 AM.
I am doing a college term paper on this Robert Frost and this poem
specifically. I do not believe that anybody here realises that this poem
was written after his beloved wife died. Read it again, and see if it
takes on another meaning.
William from United States
Comment 11 of 52, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 12:30 PM.
Perhaps what is being said is that since the creation of man, which would
be the first human to hear the songs of birds, which he himself would
affect as well, unknowingly. However, with the creation of woman, which in
turn would alter everything in existence, which shows what impact one
person has on everything in their environment. Which then enables Adam, in
this case, to notice the impact one person has, since he would be the only
one person in existence, to be able to know there was a difference.
With the creation of Eve, it allows the creation of the first love between
man and woman, but also it shows her ability to add beauty to her own
environment, through the eyes Adam.
from United States
Comment 10 of 52, added on February 19th, 2006 at 10:51 PM.
I think that sometimes, a poem can be taken more literally and keep a
greater meaning. By projecting feminist or religious leanings, or trying
to make it a love poem about Adam and Eve, you're just missing out on the
beauty of the poem. Relax! The reason Eve came to earth was to add her
song to the birds.' They listened to her in the garden of Eden, and now
they sing more beautifully than they could have without her. In other
words, she wasn't put there to commit sin, she was there to "inspire the
birds," as another poster put it. That's it.
Hill from United States
Comment 9 of 52, added on January 8th, 2006 at 12:54 AM.
im not quite sure what it means, but im pretty sure it isn't as lofty a
praise of women as you (kirsten) say it is. Frost could just as easily be
saying that women get their points through by nagging, i mean he did use
"persisted". "Moreover her voice upon their voices crossed/Had now
persisted in the woods so long".
As for the whole sin part, i think Frost is trying to say that the sin
wasn't that bad at all, because he only mentions the birds being affected,
and says that that was the only reason why she came, not to commit the
"unforgivable sin" or whatever. It is satirical in a way because he says
(or Adam or whoever) doesn't think the birds will EVER be the same, but
come on. are the birds REALLY that important?
from United States
Comment 8 of 52, added on January 6th, 2006 at 1:21 AM.
I disagree. I don't think Frost was being sarcastic. The tone is one of
honoring women, perhaps the pagan religions before patriarchal religions
became dominant. There is much reference to wildness, to the trees and the
garden. There is a suggestion she is an inspiration to nature, that the
birds, inspired by her "tone" add it to their repetoire. And he, that
being Adam, believes that the birds cannot help but be affected simply by
her presence. By her soft eloquent tones. The poem states simply she came
to inspire them, the birds, Adam, and hence, mankind. I believe it a poem
suggesting that women breathe new life into old forms, whatever they may
Kirsten from United States
Comment 7 of 52, added on January 4th, 2006 at 10:16 PM.
If the last lines means she came to bring joy, i think this poem uses a
poor choice of words. And just to make myself clear, i love the word
The last two lines read,
"Never again would birds' song be the same.
And to do that to birds was why she came."
which, takeing in her cause of sin on the earth means that she came to
corroupt. (I disagree) I think the poem is saying that she came to awe,
which she did. Though she was awed but a snake later on, but what ever, i
think this poem is saying "What a work is WOman", and is it not the
M. Chase Whittemore
from United States
Comment 6 of 52, added on October 25th, 2005 at 11:28 PM.
HAH... all you optimists with your positive views on this poem prepare... I
think Frost is being sarcastic in this poem. His tone towards Eve is truly
negative but he portrays it through sarcasm. He says that the voice of Eve
could only be heard by her "call" which signifies lamentation. The "never
be the same" refers to the world never being the same because of Eve's sin.
The final line is the most ironic of the poem because it says that this was
her purpose, to make the world better, when she really did just the
opposite. Thats my opinion anyways...
Will from United States
Comment 5 of 52, added on April 5th, 2005 at 11:39 PM.
it waz a really good poem but i had to read it a few times to really under
stand it but i think i get it now im doing a poem for shcool so i chose
this one i hope my class mates enjoy
ryan morrissey from Canada
Comment 4 of 52, added on March 21st, 2005 at 11:49 AM.
I really enjoyed this poem and how he showed his feelings in rhythm and
meter. I was having trouble finding a sonnet I could present in class, but
I think I found it!
Sydney from United States
Comment 3 of 52, added on January 28th, 2005 at 12:57 AM.
This poem is about the downfall of man in the Garden of Eden and the
effects of human sin on the world.
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