Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: One Step Backward Taken
Volume: Steeple Bush
Year: Published/Written in 1947
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Feb 17 2011
Comment 9 of 9, added on May 11th, 2013 at 9:40 PM.
Comment 8 of 9, added on July 3rd, 2012 at 1:18 AM.
i think this poem is about impulse vs. restraint. you can either let yourself be taken by the universal crisis, or you can step back. to let yourself be taken is perilous but holds unlimited opportunities. to step back is to exercise free choice, to show restraint. frost seems to say that between impulse and restraint, the consequences of restraint are milder.
jack from United States
Comment 7 of 9, added on May 16th, 2009 at 9:29 PM.
I think he means that when everything is falling apart that taking a step back can help you regain perspective
Jenny from United States
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