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Analysis and comments on The Silken Tent by Robert Frost

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Comment 13 of 323, added on February 15th, 2006 at 11:26 PM.

I think this poem is beautiful, it's about a women, and how there are many
strings or ropes holding her up, but without them she would be nothing.
Without a rope to hold up the tent, the tent would just be a pile on the

Rachel V. from Canada
Comment 12 of 323, added on February 10th, 2006 at 3:36 AM.

a beautiful poem with a typical indian concept of how the woman is fragile
and also bound by traditional ties of responsibilities and duties , and yet
strong morally and emotionally . Her life is guided by her conscience and
her love encompasses all around her. Storms may bombard all around her but
like the 'central pole' her soul looks heavenward and she remains

Bhavana Bandekar from India
Comment 11 of 323, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 9:51 PM.

The poem is actually written about a flirt. He starts by calling her
beuatiful and then precedes to speak about guys, which in this case means I
think guy wires. Wires used to hold a pole up. She has many "guys." He then
talks about her "sureness" and then goes on to say that when one rope
becomes taut she feels confined and moves on.

Chris O from United States
Comment 10 of 323, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:55 PM.

The tent in my opinion is a women's soul (perhaps his wife or a daughter
who he was close to) and the cedar pole is trying to uplift her to heaven.
The silken ties are perhaps the love and memories that are keeping her
spirit close to earth. Now, I feel that Frost's other poems such as God's
Garden and The Path Not Taken set up a spirtual background for his later
poetry, creating this understanding of God and Nature. I feel that in this
poem Frost expresses an rare understanding of the hardships of letting
loved ones go, even when our thoughts are keeping that person from fully
moveing on.

Adam from United States
Comment 9 of 323, 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 323, 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 323, 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 323, 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 323, 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 323, 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

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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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