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After Apple Picking

Robert Frost

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Added by: Danesa
HEy i am doing a english paper and i need some more information on the poem After-apple picking by Robert Frost. I am having trouble finding information. Can you send me more information on it please?
Added by: Wilf
This poem is two-faced. At face value, this narrative poem is about a man who has just finished apple-picking. There is a whimsical and almost light-hearted tone. Yet, the apples are actually representative of the missed opportunties and consequential regrets. The implicit message is very serious and may even be somber.
Added by: KD
More than the apples representing opportunities the empty barrel and the fact that there are still apples on the tree are suggestive that he still had goals to achieve. The Barrel represents his life. The breaking of the pane of glass also represents shattered dreams that he will never accomplish because he is dieing.
Added by: Scott Hill
This poem alludes heavily to the stories of the Christian mythos. The narrator's sleep can be seen as death, but death may well bring enlightenment (see also Keats' "Ode on a Nightingale"). The description of the water trough invokes the passage from 1 Corinthians 13: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly [also often translated "through a glass, darkly"], but then we shall see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known." The apples themselves, as in the tale of Adam and Eve, have served their purpose and apple-picking is finished. But the apples, picked on our journey toward death, are as necessary an evil as the apple in Eden. Frost's comment - a la Milton - is that when we die we will understand perfectly and no longer need that fruit which facilitated our enlightenment.
Added by: Andrew Prihoda
I'm sorry to be such a spoil-sport, but I believe even Frost himself once said "It's just about apples." Why do people need to read into it any more than that? Just enjoy the piece.
Added by: eddie
my comment to this matter is that the tree representedall the goals in his power he could achieve and the barrel represents his life, the apples put in the barrel represent the goals which he has achieved and they are added to his life as the apples are added to the barrel once the barrel is full he has achieved all his set goals throughout his life and he is now complete
Errors In The Typing Of This Poem
Added by: Russ Loar
There are numerous punctuation errors and the line9 should read, "I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight."

I stopped there. There may be more errors. Whoever typed this into your web site was not looking at Frost's original text!
Added by: Lady Elinor
this poem seems very sexual to me in an understated way that only an old New Englander would slyly disown with the defense, "It's just about apples." Surely those apples are women and he has grown too old to keep up his two pointed ladder.
Added by: ReapeX
I believe the ladder represents a person paths or steps a person takes to reach heaven.
Added by: Jasmine
Robert Frost's poem signifies many aspects, but one that stuck out was the idea of being ready. This whole concept has been derived from Hamlet. In Hamlet, " the readiness is all." The idea of one not being ready to die until they have accomplished everything, and being satisfied with it. Kind of like your not ready to perform until you have practiced. This poem is amazing. Frost is amazing.

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