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My November Guest

Robert Frost

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Added by: Christen Lindstrom
i'm not sure what hes is saying...is he taking about an actual woman or is he saying november is like a woman?
I don't think the guest is a woman
Added by: Skull Monkey
I think the guest is actually his sorrow. Who else but sorrow could find such beuty in death.
Added by: Rao
The author personifies sorrow, and calls "she". The poem is that of psychic sadness - the essential sadness of life.

Someone said, "Envy and fear are the only passions to which no pleasure is attached."

The poem is the subjective experience of the poet and we can catch it if we get attuned to it.
Added by: Pikros
Rao is quite right. While in sadness you may actually receive a form of pleasure FROM the apreciation of things dark and sorrowful, things that are much more difficult to find any sort of beauty in while you are joyous. Sadness can be even a form of comfort if prolonged and sometimes people may even be afraid to feel any different if it has acompanied them for a long time. And so, the "she" in the poem is, effectively, a personification of his sorrow.
about my november guest
Added by: buket gonen
In my opinion, his guest is his sorrow. We can understand this by looking at the capitalization of the Sorrow.The first line "My Sorrow". I think nobody can like these things but his sorrow.... 'the withered tree, the grey colour of the day, the birds gone away ...'And his guest comes in a rainy day of november... (maybe before winter that is; before his death)
Added by: k i t t i
“My November Guest” is written using strong imagery. Frost illustrates each picture of the stanzas such as “she loves the bare, the withered tree, / she walks the sodden pasture lane” (line 4-5). Besides imagery, Frost demonstrates his creativity in alliterations like “dark days” (line 2) and “desolate, deserted” (line 11). He also describes his sadness through an apostrophe and addresses “her” as “my Sorrow” (line 1). With eight syllables a line, a steady rhythm and regular beat, Frost uses end rhyme to add familiarity. “My November Guest” has a tone of intimacy and creates a mood of sadness and beauty.
Added by: Maura
I don't believe that Sorrow is the only thing that can find beauty in bare trees and grey skies...Frost writes about his Sorrow visiting him and showing him great beauty in bare, desolate November. The speaker comes to see the beauty as does the reader. He also, I believe, finds great beauty and comfort in sorrow itself. Sorrow, in the poem, does not bring desolation and despair, she brings beauty.
Added by: vicki
I think that his "Sorrow" is a younger person who is visiting him in November - perhaps a child or niece come home for Thanksgiving.

The visitor thinks she knows more than him about the beauty of the season. She goes on and on about everything and will not let him stay to simply enjoy.

Sounds like a parent - child relationship when the child grows up and thinks the parent knows nothing - and then proceeds to tell the parent.

And children can really be a sorrow like no other when you can see what they cannot. (but they won't listen)
keep googling people
Added by: K-Tone
it's important to discuss and think about things for yourself, but it's also important to research.

It's held by Frost's biographer that Sorrow is his wife... don't take my word for it... type the name of the poem and the word Analysis into google...

you'll find more about it within the first 20 links


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