After Apple-Picking. Robert Frost, The Author Of “After

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After Apple-Picking Robert Frost, the author of “After Apple-Picking”, preferred to write in a traditional form and pattern of English poetry. He is known for being a straight forward author, although he is not always easy to read. His effects, even though they are simple, depend upon a certain slyness for which the reader must be prepared (Frost 1). “After Apple-Picking” is one of Frost’s least formal poems. It is written in first person and is compiled of forty-two lines with two to eleven syllables in each line (Muste 1). The pattern of the poem is in a continuous form in which the element of design is slight. In this type of form, the lines follow each other without formal grouping. The only breaks in the lines are indicated by units…show more content…
“To Frost, the purposes of people and nature are never the same, and so nature 's meanings can never be known. Probing for nature 's secrets is futile and foolish. Humanity 's best chance for serenity does not come from understanding the natural environment. Serenity comes from working usefully and productively amid the external forces of nature” (Frost 1). The lessons learned in this poem can apply to any endeavor of life that one finds enjoying, yet exhausting (Muste 1). Frost uses many symbols to enhance the meaning of this poem in order to pose questions about the purpose of life, the uncertainty of the afterlife, the relationship between humans and the spiritual world. In the later stages of life, people begin to question whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with their lives. They try to determine the meaning of the life they have lived. The speaker in the poem is analyzing and reflecting back on the successes and failures of his life. The speaker states, “I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired” (Johnson and Arp 722). In this line, he is acknowledging that he has grown tired from the journey of life. The speaker’s vision of what his life has looked like over the years is compared to looking at the world through a thin sheet of ice when he say’s “I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight I got from looking through a pane of glass” which
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