His capacity for contemplation sets him apart from the inferior woodchuck, though he does not affirm that man has an immortal soul. As a result, the poems have endless possibilities in terms of meaning and interpretation and should be seen as an opportunity for the mind to revel in exploration. It reflects the loss of control felt by the speaker as they drowse and fall into sleep. Though the poem is confusing yet it is not too difficult to understand. Posted on 2011-08-29 by a guest. Frost himself once said, A poem starts in delight and ends in wisdom.
From the depiction of the right around him, the poet-speaker turns to a description of the sound. He has literally lost sight of all the values of the harvest. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted. He was asked to read at the inauguration of President John F. The apple itself is strongly associated with the Garden of Eden, Eve and the Tree of knowledge of good and evil but this poem only gives a shake of the head to the idea that God is involved in this harvest.
This poem is based on robert frosts life. But its elevated diction quite distinct from anything else in the book as well as its images, mood and theme, all suggest a greater affinity with Keats' :Ode to a Nightingale. The apple picker is fed up with apple picking now. The irony beyond this curse is Frost's subject. Nature is the symbol of spirit. In these two lines tone and rhythm work together beautifully, implying a great deal in relation to Frost's metaphor. But I was well Upon my way to sleep before it fell, And I could tell What form my dreaming was about to take.
Critics believe that this poem cannot just be about an apple-picker and his exhaustion at the end of a long day as well as a long career of picking apples. Perhaps his will be like the woodchuck's sleep, the sleep of nature, in the limited sense that his creative powers are subject to the same kind of cyclical movement observed in the seasons. The very situation of the poem, a surcease from picking apples, recalls the Garden of Eden from which, after the apple was picked and eaten , man was expelled into a world of sin and death. There is an abundance of apples, and there are tens of thousands of them for him to touch, admire and to pick or lift carefully so as not to let any of them fall down on the ground. And we understand that these various pairs are various aspects of a single contrast. The apple-picker guesses the thing that will trouble him in his sleep, be it whatever kind of sleep. Some of the major symbols are the barrels representing his fulfilled and unfulfilled ambitions.
In this dream his life was full of excess, of ambition and the guilt of the way that he fulfilled his desires. Once he could handle it in the literal and metaphoric senses of that term ; now he cannot. Also its rhythm and meter vary. In the poem, the narrator mention the apples he didn't pick, as well as the empty barrel, which are symbolic of dreams or ambitions that were left unfulfilled. The parallel tenuously established by the colon breaks down in the next section, which describes the strange sight of the winter world through a sheet of ice. But I am done with apple-picking now. You can read the poem in full.
The poet is still so confused and baffled that he can not decide which world is reality and which one is the world of dream. He didn't try to write in complicated forms like the villanelle or the pantoum. If his sleep is to be like nature's, what then is the point of the reference to the woodchuck? Unfortunately, most poets are the worst source for explaining their work. After Apple-Picking has 42 lines, all of which are end rhymed, and the rhymes are full. The poet almost had finished his work of apple picking.
He cannot even know the nature of his sleep, although the possibilities seem clear. Drowsiness stands for the sleep of death. Line 1, for example, is long by any standard. But the way it is delivered here, the last rhyme is masterful. He is now in bed, ready to give in to his exhaustion and fall asleep, and predicts what dreams he is going to have.
The harvest of apples can be read as a harvest of any human effort--study, laying bricks, writing poetry, etc. On stepping out of the world of dream the poet himself was baffled and could not differentiate whether his sleep was long sleep of death or just some human sleep. Drowsiness refers to encroaching of death and dream refers sleepiness, actually he is doubtful and baffled that what kind of sleep is it which is not allowing him to fulfill him desires, the sleep of a woodchuck or a ordinary sleep of man. On a deeper level the world of normal consciousness and the world that lies beyond it melt and mingle. Sponsored Links North of Boston1914My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still. Line 1, for example, is long by any standard.