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Analysis and comments on One Step Backward Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 9 of 19, added on May 11th, 2013 at 9:40 PM.


lbrdfskju from Ghana
Comment 8 of 19, 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 19, 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
Comment 6 of 19, added on January 5th, 2009 at 7:26 AM.

I found that this poem is quite touching when you take the time to
interpret everything. Thinking about how the world seems to be developing,
this poem is more significant that you can image. Everyone should take one
step back to understand this.

Brad from Canada
Comment 5 of 19, added on February 11th, 2006 at 2:18 PM.

You have to know when to quit.

Nereyda Hinojosa
Comment 4 of 19, added on January 28th, 2006 at 6:47 PM.

Thanks Bill u save my life
tommoro i have an exame i will pray for u.....

Najah from Saudi Arabia
Comment 3 of 19, added on November 20th, 2005 at 9:31 PM.

whate is the allagory in fire and ice is ?

Najah from Saudi Arabia
Comment 2 of 19, added on June 30th, 2005 at 2:21 PM.

Frost is a favorite of geologists (see "Fire and Ice"), and "One Step
Backward Taken" develops both the geological allegory of unstable ground
and standing at a precipice and the metaphorical situation of risky
behavior. The final lines also emphasize that many tempests occur in a
teapot, and that stepping back can result in the entire problem dissipating
(at least for now).

Bill Locke from United States
Comment 1 of 19, added on November 11th, 2004 at 10:18 PM.

Not only political radio spot announcements and newspaper and television
comments for and against the candidates were being used,
but the candidates were bumping their heads together as they started down
the gully to the presidency. I was shaken by my neighbors voting
Republican, but I stepped back and voted for Kerry. A world torn loose
went by me but, the sun came out and brought me to my senses. And the Poem
says “What the hell!”

Robert Mahlstedt from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: One Step Backward Taken
Volume: Steeple Bush
Year: 1947
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Feb 17 2011

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