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Analysis and comments on The Silken Tent by Robert Frost

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Comment 9 of 119, added on January 10th, 2006 at 5:44 AM.

This is one of the great love poems of the C20 century. Frost speaks of an
ideal relationship between man and woman, seeing her as both committed and
free - there is a link here to the loving observation of the woman in Simon
and Garfunkle´s Bride over Troubled Water. Incidentally, the supporting
central cedar pole is surely intended as a sexual reference. A great poem
by an evergreen poet.

andrew from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 119, added on October 31st, 2005 at 1:26 PM.

I think it's wonderful how so many different interpretations can be made
from this poem. The doesn't seem to be all that straightforward with a
single conceited (dominating) idea. From what I gather from reading this
poem and what I've read from these comments, Frost may have been trying to
incorporate several meanings into this poem. I think everyone is correct
on this one. I believe that poetry is how you, the reader, interpret it
and how you connect it to your own personal life or beliefs.

TjB from United States
Comment 7 of 119, added on October 1st, 2005 at 9:40 PM.

I think the Center post is the woman's dedication toward God. I think the
ties are the many men who seek her favor. She does not seem too interested
in any particular one of them.

Lorianne from United States
Comment 6 of 119, added on July 12th, 2005 at 11:15 PM.

I believe the tent to be all of us. The pole is our dreams and ambition.
The ties are the Earthly ties that keep us well rounded and in touch with
reality. Without these ties that seem to restrict us, we would fall and our
achievements would not be so high.

Nathan from United States
Comment 5 of 119, added on April 9th, 2005 at 7:11 AM.

Im at this presnt time, writing a coparison between the silken tent and
shakespeare's sonnet 71. I was interested to find what others thought the
ropes and the cedar pole signified in this poem. One of the comments
mentioned that they thought the pole signified god holding up the tent. I
see the pole as the backbone of the woaman, confident to stand without aid
or being pulled back by anyone. She has come through a storm "dried the
dew" signifiying in my oppinion an argument with her partner. Even though
the ropes were tought and pulling on the cedar pole sh stayed strong. I'm
not sure what exactly the ropes are and if anyone has any suggestions i
would be very interested to know what they think.

Ruairi J. Topping from Belgium
Comment 4 of 119, added on March 21st, 2005 at 9:52 AM.

a friend of mine, an english teacher, quoted from this poem to help her
explain to me how one's commitments and the things that "tie us down" are
an integral part of our identity as a free person. Without any attachments
whatsoever, one is just a pile of cloth, however beautiful.
With only 'earthly' ties,(ropes that have their stake in the ground and
spread the cloth out) a person can be 'opened up, and noticed by the
world." They will even look full and complete if the ropes' pulls are
carefully balanced. But, having no 'higer' dimension, the cloth can offer
little shelter to others, and is at the mercy of the other commitments;
she may be 'streatched too thin', 'flattened' into shallowness by the
nagging tensions of daily life.
Only when the supporting pole, God, is in it's proper, central
position, can the tent truely be a tent. then, the wider and more diverse
the other stakes are, more they serve to open the cloth and better display
the qualities of her weave. With a deeply anchored ceter pole, no other
event or person can pull the tent down and destroy her usefullness and

Rachel L. from United States
Comment 3 of 119, added on March 7th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.

I think Frost is explaining the supression of women in society. The silken
tent being the woman, and her ties of love and thought being
responsibilties that overwhelm her. She is rigid and " taugt" because she
has no room to grow.

Candace W. from United States
Comment 2 of 119, added on January 27th, 2005 at 6:40 AM.

This the Pinnical of Robert Frost Romantic Poems.
It ties two people together in Love that surpasses
all but the Saviors love for sinfull man. All other
is of the flesh, this exceeds them all. This is one of the Poems that made
love Poetry.

Dean J. Parker from United States
Comment 1 of 119, added on October 13th, 2004 at 12:11 AM.

The imagery is so descriptive. You can picture the whole scene; the day,
the whether, the tent, the field. Yet while it is so clear what Frost is
talking about, it is only there to tell of another event. This independent
individual. A person so strong that nothing has control over them. This is
an admirable person that others are in awe of. They almost seem divine, but
then every now and again you get a slight glimpse into their earthly side.
This part that has friends and family and is in some way tied to the earth-
this part that shows when the wind blows.

Kim S from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: The Silken Tent
Volume: A Witness Tree
Year: 1942
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 23 2007

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