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The Trial By Existence Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 207

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Even the bravest that are slain

  Shall not dissemble their surprise

On waking to find valor reign,

  Even as on earth, in paradise;

And where they sought without the sword

  Wide fields of asphodel fore'er,

To find that the utmost reward

  Of daring should be still to dare.



The light of heaven falls whole and white

  And is not shattered into dyes,

The light forever is morning light;

  The hills are verdured pasture-wise;

The angle hosts with freshness go,

  And seek with laughter what to brave;--

And binding all is the hushed snow

  Of the far-distant breaking wave.



And from a cliff-top is proclaimed

  The gathering of the souls for birth,

The trial by existence named,

  The obscuration upon earth.

And the slant spirits trooping by

  In streams and cross- and counter-streams

Can but give ear to that sweet cry

  For its suggestion of what dreams!



And the more loitering are turned

  To view once more the sacrifice

Of those who for some good discerned

  Will gladly give up paradise.

And a white shimmering concourse rolls

  Toward the throne to witness there

The speeding of devoted souls

  Which God makes his especial care.



And none are taken but who will,

  Having first heard the life read out

That opens earthward, good and ill,

  Beyond the shadow of a doubt;

And very beautifully God limns,

  And tenderly, life's little dream,

But naught extenuates or dims,

  Setting the thing that is supreme.



Nor is there wanting in the press

  Some spirit to stand simply forth,

Heroic in it nakedness,

  Against the uttermost of earth.

The tale of earth's unhonored things

  Sounds nobler there than 'neath the sun;

And the mind whirls and the heart sings,

  And a shout greets the daring one.



But always God speaks at the end:

  'One thought in agony of strife

The bravest would have by for friend,

  The memory that he chose the life;

But the pure fate to which you go

  Admits no memory of choice,

Or the woe were not earthly woe

  To which you give the assenting voice.'



And so the choice must be again,

  But the last choice is still the same;

And the awe passes wonder then,

  And a hush falls for all acclaim.

And God has taken a flower of gold

  And broken it, and used therefrom

The mystic link to bind and hold

  Spirit to matter till death come.



'Tis of the essence of life here,

  Though we choose greatly, still to lack

The lasting memory at all clear,

  That life has for us on the wrack

Nothing but what we somehow chose;

  Thus are we wholly stipped of pride

In the pain that has but one close,

  Bearing it crushed and mystified.

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this poem by Robert Frost is used as an explanation of life.

"And from a cliff-top is proclaimed
The gathering of the souls for birth,
The trial by existence named,The obscuration upon earth."
This line is a description of our role on earth. It explains that we as humans are obscure and cannot grasp what our own personnel role on earth is. But as a species we can all agree that it is unknown. This is one example in the poem of the uncertainty that Frost highlights about life.

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It is very philosophical mystical master pieces of Robert Frost.I love this poem and its leave question in reader\'s mind that is life exist \'ere birth or not?

| Posted on 2010-10-18 | by a guest


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It is very philosophical mystical master pieces of Robert Frost.I love this poem and its leave question in reader\'s mind that is life exist \'ere birth or not?

| Posted on 2010-10-18 | by a guest




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