A Glimpse Into Robert Frost's "for Once, Then Something" Essay

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One drop fell from a fern, and lo, a ripple Shook whatever it was lay there at bottom, Blurred it, blotted it out. What was that whiteness? Truth? A pebble of quartz? For once, then, something. The Poem Written in hendecasyllabic meter (11 syllables per line) and unrhymed verse, the poem seems to be an easy read. It uses words so ordinary any reader could go through it without having to stop for the meaning. The persona tells of his experience of looking down into wells and being ridiculed all the time by people who could arguably be his enemies, or his friends who know better than he. "Always wrong to the light," the persona never sees what he is there, in the first place, for - the truth. Instead, he sees his own…show more content…
Isn't it Ironic? Though written in a very light and simple manner, the poem comes across as something very profound, laden with meaning through its incongruities. The persona, wanting to see something, often goes to the well and looks down at the water to see it. This certain search below the water's surface can be compared to man's search beneath the human experience for meaning, for certainty. But the more man looks for this meaning, this certainty, the more it becomes obscure for him, because he looks for it in the wrong way, just like the persona who is always "wrong to the light," and therefore can not see what he is looking for. He is then taunted for his seemingly useless search. But he continues to look at the well, because it gives him a picture of himself looking like a god. Though seemingly useless, the looking into the well gives the persona the feeling of loftiness, to the point of arrogance. This then, brings up another point - the persona sees himself as a god, but ironically, he is a god who does not see the truth. The image of his godlike figure is juxtaposed with his ungodly blindness, and this blindness is not caused by an outside force, but by the persona himself. However, the persona also seems to want to look past his own reflection in the water for something more important and to prove himself and the people who taunt him that his

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