As far as I can see this autumn haze
That spreading in the evening air both way,
Makes the new moon look anything but new,
And pours the elm-tree meadow full of blue,
Is all the smoke from one poor house alone
With but one chimney it can call its own;
So close it will not light an early light,
Keeping its life so close and out of sign
No one for hours has set a foot outdoors
So much as to take care of evening chores.
The inmates may be lonely women-folk.
I want to tell them that with all this smoke
They prudently are spinning their cocoon
And anchoring it to an earth and moon
From which no winter gale can hope to blow it,–
Spinning their own cocoon did they but know it.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem The Cocoon

3 Comments

  1. tigger says:

    this poem is captivating and speaks the truth from the heart .i wish thst people could see it for its true underlying beauty and grace.

  2. me says:

    this poem rox

  3. Braden says:

    This poem is about people wasting their lives in their homes, not doing anything outside. They don’t even know the cocoon is shutting them out permanently.

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