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The Armful Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 1157

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For every parcel I stoop down to seize

I lose some other off my arms and knees,

And the whole pile is slipping, bottles, buns --

Extremes too hard to comprehend at once,

Yet nothing I should care to leave behind.

With all I have to hold with hand and mind

And heart, if need be, I will do my best

To keep their building balanced at my breast.

I crouch down to prevent them as they fall;

Then sit down in the middle of them all.

I had to drop the armful in the road

And try to stack them in a better load.


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The opening line paints a vivid picture. In seeing and using the everyday experience of everyone, Frost manages to see beyond it into the depth of the human soul. We see the hapless shopper returning with his paperbag too full, and the reader experiences the frustration of trying to retrieve falling items. The voice of the poem could be male or female returning from the grocery store, but it takes a huge leap from the ordinary when it says \"extremes too hard to comprehend...\" Bottles, buns... The mind leaps beyond the grocery list to the burdens each of us tries to \"comprehend\". And ends with a philosophically brilliant \"I had to drop the armful in the road... And try to stack them in a better load.\" One is reminded of the Myth of Sisyphus by Camus. The poet realizes that he may have to repeat this attempt over and over again.

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