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Bereft Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 48


Where had I heard this wind before
Change like this to a deeper roar?
What would it take my standing there for,
Holding open a restive door,
Looking down hill to a frothy shore?
Summer was past and the day was past.
Sombre clouds in the west were massed.
Out on the porch's sagging floor,
Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
Blindly striking at my knee and missed.
Something sinister in the tone
Told me my secret my be known:
Word I was in the house alone
Somehow must have gotten abroad,
Word I was in my life alone,
Word I had no one left but God.

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Robert Frost is one of the favorite poets to my heart. When I read this poem, I feel a very deep grief within it. I wish I could understand what it was making him precisely in such misery: Is it old age or losing someone you love leading you feel lonely or what Frost?

| Posted on 2013-04-07 | by a guest


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will i think he was feel save and peace only because there was some one who love who understand him and this one maybe die so come to be unsaved the most important from my point of view that lonely not only when be alone sometimes there are a lot of people around you but you doesn\'t feel safe or no one can understand you this is loneliness . :(

| Posted on 2013-03-25 | by a guest


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the persona describe his situation when everyone had gone and left him alone ,every thing around him are against him..the wind sound changed to a deeper roar which scared him and make him feel afraid ...he feel alone and he feel that the end (death) soon will come he look down to the frothy shore with sadness looking even the door is bothered and say to him it is the end...the summer was past and the days was past this mean that his youth went and will never come again... the leaves compare it with evil snack hissed,coil and attack...he is afraid,scared and alone (Something sinister in the tone)..his secret can be fact(something true) or maybe can be something he afraid of and he can\'t face it...
his life now empty and lonely there is no friend no family no one beside him but god ...

| Posted on 2012-10-22 | by a guest


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the persona describe his situation when everyone had gone and left him alone ,every thing around him are against him..the wind sound changed to a deeper roar which scared him and make him feel afraid ...he feel alone and he feel that the end (death) soon will come he look down to the frothy shore with sadness looking even the door is bothered and say to him it is the end...the summer was past and the days was past this mean that his youth went and will never come again... the leaves compare it with evil snack hissed,coil and attack...he is afraid,scared and alone (Something sinister in the tone)..his secret can be fact(something true) or maybe can be something he afraid of and he can\'t face it...
his life now empty and lonely there is no friend no family no one beside him but god ...

| Posted on 2012-10-22 | by a guest


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The leaves are personified as some sort of snake, considering how they are \"coiled\", \"hissing\", and \"striking\". A snake is an association with evilness, if you think back to Eve, and how she was deceived by the a snake...Who was really the devil.
The secret may not have really been a secret at all, just something he never really understood or noticed. The secret is not really a secret, but a fact: You are truly alone in this world. The narrator knows this and accepts this, but also remembers that while he is alone in the world, he is never truly alone because of his faith in God.
Overall, this poems seems to imply that although the devil will tempt you with fear and loneliness, if you have faith you cannot be tempted.

| Posted on 2012-02-08 | by a guest


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Every element in the world is against him, but he has only one consolation; God. The persona had lost everything of value in his life, he is scared and lonely, but at the same time he has God. The idea of that is kind of assuring to him... It\'ll give him peace, company and comfort.

| Posted on 2012-01-08 | by a guest


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i think he is afraid of his life because when he says that a wind changes to a deeper roar and everything around him is horrible and unluky .
also in the last lines we undrestand that he lives alone and he looses his friends and all people who were live around him they passed away now he lives alone with alot of unluky things around himself which afraied of them
farzaneh :)

| Posted on 2011-12-23 | by a guest


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Agree with the above. Also, he\'s in a transition period. Summer (youth) has passed, and Winter (death) is approaching. So the persona is in Autumn, when people begin to pass away, his body (specifically knee) begins to fail him. This transition is also highlighted by the sagging porch. On the porch, he\'s not within the security of his home, which can also be analysing how man has distinguished itself from nature, but he\'s not really out of his home and exposed to nature. Moving from constructed humanity to the chaos of nature, which is beginning to overwhelm him and will eventually consume him upon his death. Note that he is looking DOWN the hill, indicating he is at a peak, presumably of old age.

| Posted on 2011-11-09 | by a guest


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i\'m thinking that it is more along the lines that he is old and his friends and the people close to him are all passing away now and he is paranoid now that he will be next or soon to go
Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
Blindly striking at my knee and missed.
hence those two lines.
does anyone agree?

| Posted on 2011-08-03 | by a guest


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i\'m thinking that it is more along the lines that he is old and his friends and the people close to him are all passing away now and he is paranoid now that he will be next or soon to go
Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
Blindly striking at my knee and missed.
hence those two lines.
does anyone agree?

| Posted on 2011-08-03 | by a guest


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i\'m thinking that it is more along the lines that he is old and his friends and the people close to him are all passing away now and he is paranoid now that he will be next or soon to go
Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
Blindly striking at my knee and missed.
hence those two lines.
does anyone agree?

| Posted on 2011-08-03 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest


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i agree with Elizabeth... This is about how the days have gone by quickly which could mean he is older. It also gives mention of how he has lost a loved one or someone close to him and that when you are with that person you feel safe and secure but then all of the sudden you are without them you feel vulnerable and scared and that nature and everything around you can sense it and then the nature and everything around you turns on you because of the insecurity.(Leaves go up in a coil and hissed, Blindly struck at my knee and missed)

| Posted on 2010-04-08 | by a guest


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He is old, because he mentions "Summer was past and day was past," indicating not only the literal time of the day and year, but about how his years have gone also.

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest


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Its about an old man.who was alone in his home.Nature afraid him.

| Posted on 2010-01-03 | by a guest


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Its about an old man.who was alone in his home.Nature afraid him.

| Posted on 2010-01-03 | by a guest


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Robert Frost's poetry always let you put yourself personally into what he writes. That is what makes his style so unique. For me, when I read this poem the fist time I was in a deep state of depression. I related so completely to what Frost was saying when he talked about the signs of change coming, this is when I knew I was going over the edge (because I had before) and that ultimately I was in the world alone in that no one could truly be where I was at that time. I was far away from family and friends, even my husband could not understand the dark tunnel I was going through. At the end of the poem Frost says, "word I was in my life alone, word I had no one left but God". On one hand the people around might have known something was wrong but they could not enter this world of depression with me. It is only God that is there taking me through it.

| Posted on 2009-11-11 | by a guest


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hmm.. really not sure here. im doing a poetry anthology for a project and i have analysed it as best i could... so why would he keep the death a secret? is it a death or a loved one, or even MURDER?! yeah, im probably wrong but just an idea...

| Posted on 2009-10-09 | by a guest


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This poem is about a guy who lost someone he loves. He is suffered by someone's death and also loneliness.

| Posted on 2009-06-20 | by a guest


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lonleiness summons fear, but is he bereft of a person, or just bereft of the day...he certainly isnt bereft of melancholy----written by a drunken imbecile

| Posted on 2009-05-31 | by a guest


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Bereft doesn't mean to be taken away, it means to be in a state where something vital has been taken away from you. Bereft means you have been deprived of something of infinite value - it doesn't necessarily mean left alone. You can be bereft in the middle of a crowd of people.
And where are your readers getting the idea that it is about old age? He never once mentions age. It's certainly about loneliness, but even more about fear.
It seems to me that this poem is about the sudden vulnerability you feel when you have lost the person who loved you. As long as they were with you, you had a kind of magical protection from the world, now you are dreadfully exposed and vulnerable. Frost is saying that a vast and cruel universe senses your unprotectedness, and turns on you in an instant. Hence the metaphor of the leaves on the porch turning into a hissing snake. Think!
Elizabeth

| Posted on 2009-05-03 | by a guest


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Bereft means to be taken away, left alone. That's the underlying theme in the poem, and about the past "Summer was past and day was past" line 6. Take note of the rhythm and meter also. Quite a few metaphors. Free verse structure and personification noted also.

| Posted on 2009-04-13 | by a guest


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its about old age and a lonely guy--- written by a kid in class 811--- I.s.5

| Posted on 2009-03-01 | by a guest


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its about old age, and a guy who is lonely
---written by an 8th grader in I.s.5

| Posted on 2009-03-01 | by a guest




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