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

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Comment 30 of 80, added on March 26th, 2010 at 12:12 AM.
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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 80, 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 80, 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 80, 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 80, 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 80, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:08 PM.


Comment 24 of 80, 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

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 80, 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 80, 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 80, 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

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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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