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Analysis and comments on The Soldier by Robert Frost

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Comment 5 of 485, added on December 13th, 2005 at 12:18 PM.

To me, this poem seems as if it is at once glorifying the soldier as a
machine-like weapon, and pointing out the futility of making war, through
all time, from lance to missile. It points out we only damage ourselves
while engaging in it. I especially love the last three lines, which exults
the human 'spirit' in the pursuit of something so obviously detrimental,
and especially the weapon of the individual soldier who is sacrificed
because we 'look too near.' Truly touching brilliance at its most polished.
It seems to reconcile two seemingly opposing views. I still don't fully
understand every line though.... If I am wrong I would love to be
corrected.


sir snoops from Canada
Comment 4 of 485, added on April 13th, 2005 at 4:07 PM.

To Read Frost and read Sandburg, is like understanding what our world is
and is not, in Sandburg we see our own crimes in a little poem called Grass
and in this great human being Frost we see the crimes against our brothers
who are called soldiers.

Fred Dawes from United States
Comment 3 of 485, added on March 13th, 2005 at 6:25 PM.

To me, this poem seems as if it is at once glorifying the soldier as a
machine-like weapon, and pointing out the futility of making war, through
all time, from lance to missile. It points out we only damage ourselves
while engaging in it. I especially love the last three lines, which exults
the human 'spirit' in the pursuit of something so obviously detrimental,
and especially the weapon of the individual soldier who is sacrificed
because we 'look too near.' Truly touching brilliance at its most polished.
It seems to reconcile two seemingly opposing views. I still don't fully
understand every line though.... If I am wrong I would love to be
corrected.

jason becker from United States
Comment 2 of 485, added on March 7th, 2005 at 3:25 PM.

i think it was a great poem

adrian from United States
Comment 1 of 485, added on February 15th, 2005 at 10:57 AM.

AWESOME ONE OF HIS BEST

geoffrey from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: The Soldier
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