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

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Comment 25 of 45, 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 45, 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
Comment 23 of 45, added on January 11th, 2007 at 1:45 AM.

when we see thepoem TWO TRAMPS on the surface level its merely a story of
two tramps and the owner of the wood.but when we see it psycologically it
is a life struggle of the two tramps.

midhuna from India
Comment 22 of 45, added on April 5th, 2006 at 7:37 AM.

Eventhough Frost is an obvious lover of nature, his poems are well
structured which takes a lot of discipline. Perhaps this discipline
reflects the life of a person had a 'life of self control'
In stanzas 3 and 4 Frost describes a typical April day when the good
weather is precarious because spring has not fully arrived yet. He uses the
present tense.
He again uses the present tense in the final stanza when he philosophisies
about the meaning of the encounter with the lumberjacks.
A major contasting theme in this poem is vocation (job) or avocation
(hobby). Should the narrator (who we assume is Frost) expect to pay the
'tramps' for stealing their work?
The last few lines are obscure and are open to interpretation, but he is
perhaps saying that a person needs both aspects in this life. Both 'love
and need', Both 'work and play' both 'vocation' and 'avocation' to be a
complete human being.



Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 21 of 45, added on March 17th, 2006 at 9:12 AM.

Robert Frost really inspired me with "The Road Not Taken". It just really
taught a good lesson to everyone no matter what age they are. You should
always try to lead your own way with the guidence of others there to help
you, but only you can pick you path.

Kirsty lynn from United States
Comment 20 of 45, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 6:23 AM.

umm i think most of frost's poems have references to death in them,
aftewr reading a biography on him for english Alevel i have found out just
apart everyone close to him died,
his son shot himself with a shotgun,
hes a bit wierd

louis from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 45, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 6:19 AM.

his poems prove that the mans mental frailties can be seen at the end of
this poem pretty disstressing

simon jones from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 45, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 6:17 AM.

i am currently stuying have found his poem and have found it very detailed
compared to the actual plot of the poem. one aspect focuses on the
possibility of a sexual notion and that the sense that the love and need is
related sex. Robert frost uses imagery and personification to emphasise the
meaning.

lizzie from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 45, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 6:16 AM.

i am currently studying is for Alevel i am not enjoying it. people read to
much into poems he may have just woken up one day and decided to write a
poem, my teacher believes that its about sex, i do not agree with this. he
may go on about love but not the love that we know as. i have enjoyed other
poems from robert frost but this i just found monotonus, and repeatitive

emily from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 45, added on December 2nd, 2005 at 6:15 AM.

I think that many people have read too far into these poems as there are
many sexual references that many people wouldn't think of. The only
relationship that i can seein this poem is the realtionship between the two
tramps and the writer and also the relationship between the worker andhis
love of work.

Ceri from United Kingdom

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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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