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Dust Of Snow Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 4343

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock treeHas given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.






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The awful approach and skills of the poet can be justified only by reading the title of poem. 'Dust of Snow', title itself contains the beauty and crust of human nature; signifies the importance of difference and collaboration of varies elements in a same package what we call 'Life'. Going through the lines, it realize that how small things can impact great things and just by observing the tiny particles of this universe can tend our self towards new horizons of the world. Sometime a small action (rather I would like to say it a small mistake) can cause an abrupt but positive action. zaibjavaid at gmail

| Posted on 2013-12-27 | by a guest


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The world keeps turning and life goes on, regardless of how your day has gone. Neither bird, nor tree, nor even snow, care a wit for what has brought you low.

| Posted on 2013-08-09 | by a guest


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The world keeps turning and life goes on, regardless of how your day has gone. Neither bird, nor tree, nor even snow, care a wit for what has brought you low.

| Posted on 2013-08-09 | by a guest


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The world keeps turning and life goes on, regardless of how your day has gone. Neither bird, nor tree, nor even snow, care a wit for what has brought you low.

| Posted on 2013-08-09 | by a guest


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This poem explores man\'s deep rooted connection with nature, and how nature can remind man, in the simplest way, that life continues in cycles and that man takes part in these cycles of renewal. Possibly, the stirring of snow could be alluding a kind of butterfly effect, where the fallen snow enlightens the man, who goes on to continue knocking down dominoes.

| Posted on 2012-12-13 | by a guest


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This poem is a window for viewing the mind of a man taking a path less taken, and for all that, it has made all the difference.

| Posted on 2012-11-24 | by a guest


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Showing that you dont know when your life will end so enjoy every moment you got because it could get taken away. enjoy the simple things in life

| Posted on 2012-10-19 | by a guest


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The poem is my favourite for several reasons. It is short. It rhymes. It is succinct. It has a meaningful message which can be variously understood depending on the readers interpretation.

| Posted on 2012-03-22 | by a guest


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From what I have seen, it would appear to be that many of the earlier comments are on the right track. From what i know of Frost\'s writing he normally incorporates many meanings into his poems. the first meaning is most like the simplest, one small thing can change our entire outlook on the rest of the day. a less obvious meaning could be that every small thing plays a big part in your life. then there are the more obscure meanings, for example this could be interpreted as a look at a suicidal man, if you need more details on this, look at what the guest said on 2012-02-08 as his analysis is spot on for this interpretation.
This is to correct some of the grammatical errors in my last post.

| Posted on 2012-02-09 | by a guest


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From what I have seen, it would appear to be that many of the earlier comments are on the right track. From what i know of Frost\'s writing he normally incorporates many meanings into his poems. the first meaning is most like the simplest, one small thing can change our entire outlook on the ret of the day. a less obvious meaning could be that every small thing plays a big part in your life. then there are the more obscure meanings, for example this could be interpreted as a look at a suicidal man, if you need more details on this, look at what the quest said on 2012-02-08 as hi analysis is spot on for this interpretation.

| Posted on 2012-02-09 | by a guest


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The poem is about a suicidal character who changes their mind due to a random and seeminly unimportant event. Crow is a common symobl for death, as well as a hemlock tree (poison hemlock, which is also a allusion to Shakespeare\'s Hamlet in which Ophelia describes it). Rued also has two meanings here. One is the literal meaning, which is to bitterly regret. However, rue is also a woody herb that was commonly used for medicinal purposes, which appears to parallel the posion hemlock mentioned earlier. There ya go...

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


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The poem shows of how the little positive thing he say saved him from having a compltly bad day

| Posted on 2012-02-07 | by a guest


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\"Little things can big great in ones heart\"
By EvilChicken

| Posted on 2011-11-28 | by a guest


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Yeah yeah its well good man.. were doing it at school innit! It well depressing though.

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest


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this poem for me is an ironic or a stereotypeor shall we say have a misjudging in real life..

| Posted on 2011-10-01 | by a guest


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The poem,deceiving though with a rhyme-scheme, is a classic example of how to write a perfect compound sentence-the1st stanza being the subject, the second, the predicate-saving the vitalmost part \"a day I rued\" till the very end.Truly a teasing, pleasing, mystic, cryptic epigram, hinting perhaps at the lesson taught by the crow and the hemlock how to take the adverse season of life in stride and wait for the better days with cheer in heart.A lesson the poet relearns from the other children of Mother Nature,i.e.,the winter-sricken bird (foget that it was a crow),the snow-wrapped tree(think of it as a Christmas tree,if you will).

| Posted on 2011-09-21 | by a guest


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this poem is beautiful and has given me a new take on life. it calls for attention to the appreciation of the simpler matters in life and how they can change our whole day (:

| Posted on 2011-09-14 | by a guest


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i believe the poem wants to say that life is not that messy and difficult. and simple things can have big effects on us

| Posted on 2011-06-24 | by a guest


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Frost is just making a point that sometimes a simple thing can change one\'s mood. It\'s quite ironic that some a simple message is being over analyzed in attempts at looking smart.
Anyone who has been through a long New Hampshire winter, as Frost had many times, can sympathize with this poem. Our winters are long, with periods of dreariness interrupted by spells of vicious storms. I can imagine the author heading outside to shovel out after a storm, dreading it, and having a little chuckle when he gets dusted by falling snow from a hemlock.
I think of this poem often when I am in a down mood. And usually, in no time, I witness one of life\'s sweet moments and my mood is changed. Robert Frost is my favorite poet.

| Posted on 2011-05-01 | by a guest


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acoording to me in this poem \"DUST OF SNOW\" crow and hemlock tree both are showing the bitterness of the bad situation which we face in our life and some time we feel regret for some things but we should not feel regret whereas we should think of the problem deeply because solution is hide inside the problem.And when we think about the problem we suddenly got somthing which changed our mood .like in this poem when poet was under the hemlock tree and i think he was trying to write something what he had only crow and hemlock tree around him to think something but suddenly crow shook down snow dust on him and because of this got an idea of this poem . it means that every situation of life have something to give us .so dont waste ur time to regret

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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acoording to me in this poem \"DUST OF SNOW\" crow and hemlock tree both are showing the bitterness of the bad situation which we face in our life and some time we feel regret for some things but we should not feel regret whereas we should think of the problem deeply because solution is hide inside the problem.And when we think about the problem we suddenly got somthing which changed our mood .like in this poem when poet was under the hemlock tree and i think he was trying to write something what he had only crow and hemlock tree around him to think something but suddenly crow shook down snow dust on him and because of this got an idea of this poem . it means that every situation of life have something to give us .so dont waste ur time to regret

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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great!!!
the poem implies that life is full of twist wherein even a simple act can change one\'s life.
nice poem..
BA English Literature
Mark Andrew Marin

| Posted on 2011-01-30 | by a guest


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Interesting analysis. Hemlock trees are conifers and not poisonous. The Hemlock or Poison Hemlock bush is a biennial herb. So Frost would be using the poisonous connotation of the word \"Hemlock\" rather than referring to an actual poisonous plant.

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest


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The snow, like many Frost poems, represents death. It falls from a hemlock tree because hemlock is a poison. The speaker is contemplating suicide on this \"rued day,\" but after the crow has given him a vision of himself in his next life, he chooses to go on in hopes of removing himself from the wheel of reincarnation, which is the change of mood. Robert Frost was a Transcendentalist, and one of Transcendentalism\'s main beliefs is to try to become superlunar and attain nirvana to not be reincarnated.

| Posted on 2010-11-18 | by a guest


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the poem is great! i like it. it will be my favorite poem as of now.

| Posted on 2010-07-30 | by a guest


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This is such a great poem. Frost encorperates nature into everything he writes, including this. This is most likely something that relates to the time he wrote it. I know that it was written inthe 1920's but exactly what year?

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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I had the same feeling when the checkout girl at the supermarket smiled at me today. A simple distraction to an otherwise bad day.

| Posted on 2010-04-13 | by a guest


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I'd like to analyze the "guests." Some of them cannot spell the simplest words ("waist" for "waste"), some have so little insight it's painful, some can't punctuate, and some will simply never get it.

| Posted on 2010-03-19 | by a guest


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I'd like to analyze the "guests." Some of them cannot spell the simplest words ("waist" for "waste"), some have so little insight it's painful, some can't punctuate, and some will simply never get it.

| Posted on 2010-03-19 | by a guest


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He was wallowing in self pity when the crow triggered the dust of snow that awakened him to the clarity and joy of innocence.

| Posted on 2009-12-31 | by a guest


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Great poem. Like many of Frost's poems they seem to have layers and can be perceived in many different ways. I think it might just be about those small beauties you experience in life, when you feel some random insight or sense of enlightenment that breaks the mood that you were currently in. Absolutely brilliant. Although some may see this poem as very dark, because of the mentioning of the hemlock tree.

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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I think he just means life goes on and the snow just helped him realize the world is full of amazing things it just takes a dust of snow plus a crow to realize that

| Posted on 2009-05-18 | by a guest


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i think the the poem has a very simple messsage but one that is of great importance...that even the smallest incidents and even the smallest of the deeds can change the way a person is feeling...or in the deeper meaning can change his/her perspective towards life.

| Posted on 2009-04-19 | by a guest


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This poem always seems to cheer me up when i'm down. It puts into perspective for me that, life is all your own, you control it and it's whatever you make it.
'The way the crow shook down on me, the dust of snow from a hemlock tree'
-the way- (how his problem in life came back to him in such a way) like for instance an ex you loved calling you back after a long time bringing themselves back into your life in a weird way.
-the crow- represents something in your life that brings back memories.
-dust of snow- represents how this kind of stuff is old and repeated other people go through the same things and it all happens for a reason.
overall how life goes on and you need to take situations that get you down and turn them into something positive and not worry about it!!
its basically the song "dont worry be happy" but in more complexcity.

| Posted on 2009-03-24 | by a guest


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I believe that "Dust of Snow" is merely Frost saying that he's had some hard times but the smallest thing like a "Dust of Snow" can change that "Save some part of a day I had rued".Beautiful.

| Posted on 2009-03-23 | by a guest


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I find it interesting as I shows us that our life is like a piano.In black and white and we are responsible for the melody we play on it. Either it's lively or sad? still we have the same combinations of colors: black and white...

| Posted on 2009-03-15 | by a guest


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The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Why be sad and depressed? The world is a beautiful place and it's full of wonder. Something as simple as snow falling from a crow reminds him that life goes on; there is no need to be sad. Be happy that you're alive

| Posted on 2009-02-11 | by a guest


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The poem " Dust of snow" seems simple, but has a larger significance. The poet was depressed and felt lonely and he was sitting alone under a hemlock tree. When he says, “Shook down on me, The Dust of Snow” I think this represent the trigger in his life which made him have a positive view on it. Also, the snow represents purity and this is what changed his mood. The part where he says “And saved some part Of a day I had rued” means he will put this day in the back of his head, but not completely forget about it.

| Posted on 2009-02-05 | by a guest


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I think this person in the poem is realizing something major in their life. Such as the snow falling off of the hemlock tree is like someone getting "the sense knocked into them". I see this poem as someone growing up and maturing.

| Posted on 2009-01-28 | by a guest


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this poem is great it is the best in the world. this poem is my favorite and never lets me down caz every time i read it it makes me happy

| Posted on 2008-10-31 | by a guest




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