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Analysis and comments on Two Tramps In Mud Time by Robert Frost

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Comment 33 of 53, added on April 16th, 2011 at 6:52 AM.
English Literature

'Two Tramps in a Mud Time'is a characteristically pecular poem.No other
poem of Frost offers such an effective illustration of the movement and
temper of his mind.I really enjoyed reading this narrative poem.

Radhaa Subhash from India
Comment 32 of 53, added on April 16th, 2011 at 6:52 AM.
English Literature

'Two Tramps in a Mud Time'is a characteristically pecular poem.No other
poem of Frost offers such an effective illustration of the movement and
temper of his mind.I really enjoyed reading this narrative poem.

Radhaa Subhash from India
Comment 31 of 53, added on May 29th, 2010 at 12:20 PM.
poem

excellent poem by mr.robert frost

kaustubh from India
Comment 30 of 53, added on March 26th, 2010 at 12:12 AM.
poem comment

this poem is about love and labour, when one's labour becomes his passion
then the outcome will be wonderful. When the interest is only
monetary,labour becomes monotonous. It is best to take up things in your
stride and draw lessons from nature and move on.Even in march, one can feel
april but it is only an illusion. Life's illusions must teach us not to
draw final conclusions but look at things positively. Love your work and
work for love!
Bindu francis

bindu francis from India
Comment 29 of 53, added on July 5th, 2008 at 1:41 PM.

Hey, others see many things encompassed within.
I received the last eight lines of this poem in 1961 I have never
forgotten these lines, which, before anyone made the word "mantra" an "in"
thing...THIS was mine... I Taught junior high school history for 34 years,
Loved every day of it, and STILL these eight lines inform my labor of love
and work..
It's a clear descriptive story, about seasons, those who "do it for money"
and he who "does it for love"... then... his message is CLEAR there, in the
last eight lines... NOTHING obscure. Make your work your play; THIS is
what education should teach you... Enjoy it. HNB

Howard from United States
Comment 28 of 53, added on January 29th, 2008 at 11:11 AM.

i studied dis poem 4 mu assignment,i think frost is a poet who have a
capability 2 describe many contradict ideas in one subject.like his
poems,fire and ice and tree at my window and road not taken.the sun was
warm but the wind was chill is the most beautiful line of the poem and also
is the crux of the poem.it is surprising that being an american poet,frost
has the spirit of puritans in this poem,specially in last stanza.he setteld
the war between love and need.

fariha from Pakistan
Comment 27 of 53, added on January 16th, 2008 at 10:37 AM.

I'm one of the many students studying Frost for English A Level and yes i
do find people are reading too much into it sometimes but people read too
much into any form of art. I can only take so much of poetry in general but
Frost doesn't do it for me, possibly because I'm not American. Sexual
themes seem to run in Frost's poems but i don't think this is one.
Apparently this poem was supposed to be theme around Work and Labour!

Eleanor from United Kingdom
Comment 26 of 53, added on June 4th, 2007 at 12:51 PM.

Two Tramps in Mud Time by Robert Frost relates to many of the capitalistic
issues dealt with in today's society. The subjects empathy is greatly
appreciated by most readers because we empathize with the lumberjack's
capitalistic needs. What about the writer's intrinsic psychological needs
to enjoy what is rightfully his. He may not have a monetary tie to the
chopping of the would, but is he fooling himself into thinking since he
does not want to make money that the act itself isn't worthwhile.

Is there no compromise?

I do have empathy for the tramps. They do not find enjoyment in what is
beautiful to the narrator, it is only a job to them. My hope is that they
can find beauty in their life's work, that they can earn a living and
obtain a sense of self on a wonderful day in the woods.

The struggle is not amongst the characters, but withn the characters. We
all struggle with finding meaning in our life's work. Maybe we should all
take some time to evaluate our legacies and remember what is important.

David from United States
Comment 25 of 53, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:08 PM.

IN THIS POEM I SEE A NEW ENVISIONMENT OF LIFE. IT IS ABOUT THE LOVE AND
NEED TO DO SOMETHING. FOR EG IF YOU LOVE ENGLISH/ AMERICAN LITERATURE YOU
WILL PUT YOUR ALL BUT IF YOU NEED ITS DIFFERENT

IUYTR
Comment 24 of 53, added on April 4th, 2007 at 1:28 PM.

I think the point of this poem is that we have to settle and that's sad. I
think that's why the "sun was warm but the wind was chill."

The lumberjacks needed the work. And their need trumped the narrator’s
pleasure. That's life. We don't get exactly what we want; we make
sacrifices and compromises, because that's the only humane thing to do. If
we don't, if we try to live as our heart longs, others suffer. That's
because our hearts, as made obvious by the course of history and the
activities of the rich who could make choices, are egocentric.

That's why rich people cause so much damage. They're trying to live the way
they want to, and won't compromise with the rest of us. The poem, I think,
is about a person who, while he pays lip service to being socially
conscious, resents the lumberjacks, the "hulking tramps," for presenting
their need in such a way that the narrator must give up his fun.

I think it's a poem about a rich person being bothered by a poor person.
That's how I take it. Even more, I think the rich person is trying to say
that living as he wants is what Heaven will be like and the only way we'll
progress as a people, thus justifying his failure to "strike for the common
good."

Like everyone, I want to love what I do, but there's nothing wrong with
compromising. That's the only way we'll reduce poverty, war, sexism,
racism, etc.... Compromise is at the heart of politics. I know the hippie
generation, all the baby-boomers taught us differently, but that's because
their own sense of entitlement trumps that of probably any generation
before them.


Gabriel Pinski from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: Two Tramps In Mud Time
Volume: A Further Range
Year: 1936
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Dec 18 2008


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