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Analysis and comments on Provide, Provide by Robert Frost

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Comment 14 of 96, added on August 10th, 2010 at 4:35 AM.

here in Australia, we love this poem and the kangaroos in my backyard loved

too!! cool huh!! no but really this was an excellent poem!!

Bob from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 96, added on November 13th, 2009 at 9:38 AM.

here in Canada, we love this poem and the mounties in my backyard loved it

too!! cool huh!! no but really this was an excellent poem!!

Sal from Canada
Comment 12 of 96, added on November 1st, 2009 at 5:08 AM.

here in ireland, we love this poem and the leprechauns in my backyard loved
too!! cool huh!! no but really this was an excellent poem!!

David from Ireland
Comment 11 of 96, added on October 12th, 2009 at 10:26 AM.

I can witness to the line Frost added, on Paul Sirotta's cassette tape. I
heard the added line in 1958 or 1959. Frost spoke at Mount Holyoke College,
and what I have remembered vividly from that event is the added line to
"Provide, Provide." He paused theatrically after reading the poem itself,
and added "Cause if you don't, somebody else will provide for you," That
line I'm sure of; I'm not so sure whether he added, "And how will you like
that!" I do know I ran back to my room and looked up the poem, because I
didn't remember those words in the printed poem. They weren't in the
printed poem. I'm glad that they're on cassette, at least.

There's a new book (2009) Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus. It's
edited by Edward Connery Latham, from transcriptions of tape recordings of
Frost's campus appearances. The "provide, provide, or someone else will
provide for you" did not make it into the book. It should have.

S Peterson from United States
Comment 10 of 96, added on May 29th, 2009 at 10:59 PM.

Readers might be interested in knowing that in his own reading of this poem
on a cassette tape I possess, he added a last line to this:

"Provide, provide,
or someone else will provide for you!

I kid you not.

Paul Sirotta from United States
Comment 9 of 96, added on November 17th, 2008 at 10:36 AM.

As Tony (Russia) rightly said, it's a matter of decision. Decision about
how to live your life. You have diverse choices, whether to live briefly
but fulfilled or live a long and a wasted life (stanza 3). One thing to
keep in mind is that life is a switch, things can be rosy now and in
another moment, see life turns around to be a nightmare. Like the Old woman
in stanza 1 - refered to as "a witch that came". She was once the beauty of
Hollywood (face of Hollywood) that once employed house helps but now she's
a househelp herself "To wash the steps with pail and rag" (Line 2 Stanza

The last stanza concludes that it is better to die with dignity i.e dying
accomplished, with so many good things to your credit than die none at all.
Provide, Provide (The Choice is Yours).

Dimeji, M.A. from Nigeria
Comment 8 of 96, added on November 13th, 2008 at 1:13 PM.

here in iceland, we love this poem and the penguins in my backyard loved it
too!! cool huh!! no but really this was an excellent poem!!

Megan from Iceland
Comment 7 of 96, added on April 26th, 2006 at 12:42 PM.

This poem is addressing the futility of vain accomplishments, particularly
concerning a woman's fading beauty. The speaker calls for early
termination of life as a better fate than ending life in humiliation as a
"withered hag" washing steps. I can't totally decide if this is done in
sarcasm as a warning against vain aspirations or not. In many of Frosts
poems he is very unhappy with the world and generally doesn't express
advocation for eternal aspirations ("Stopping by Woods...", "Acquainted
with the Night", "Design", "Birches"). It wouldn't be out of the question
for this poem to be a sincere statement of how Frost sees things or saw
things at one time.

Jonathan Byram from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: Provide, Provide
Volume: A Further Range
Year: 1936
Added: Feb 20 2003
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