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After Apple Picking Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 9765

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North of Boston1914My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree

Toward heaven still.

And there's a barrel that I didn't fill

Beside it, and there may be two or three

Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.

But I am done with apple-picking now.

Essence of winter sleep is on the night,

The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.

I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight

I got from looking through a pane of glass

I skimmed this morning from the water-trough,

And held against the world of hoary grass.

It melted, and I let it fall and break.

But I was well

Upon my way to sleep before it fell,

And I could tell

What form my dreaming was about to take.

Magnified apples appear and reappear,

Stem end and blossom end,

And every fleck of russet showing clear.

My instep arch not only keeps the ache,

It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.

And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin

That rumbling sound

Of load on load of apples coming in.

For I have had too much

Of apple-picking; I am overtired

Of the great harvest I myself desired.

There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,

Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall,

For all

That struck the earth,

No matter if not bruised, or spiked with stubble,

Went surely to the cider-apple heap

As of no worth.

One can see what will trouble

This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.

Were he not gone,

The woodchuck could say whether it's like his

Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,

Or just some human sleep.






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i also think robert is talking about life in this poem.. you shall know that he is 70 when he wrote this poem. so it is for sure he is recollecting the past in this poem, the accomplished and the unaccomplished...

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nice work hi hi hi
srishti sharma from nersinghgarh

| Posted on 2011-11-17 | by a guest


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i personally think taht writer is talking about life. if we consider ladder as life tahen as ladder has twopoints, same is with life it has two sides( happiness and sorrow) and every one likes only perfection in everything in his life as poet said that he wants apple without any spot/fleck

| Posted on 2011-10-08 | by a guest


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Through this poem the poet preaches us lesson that instead of great effort on the part of the human being there is something left in our effort that we dont get that we desire and this process remain with each and every human being in their whole life. one can not completely satisfy in his/her own life. The day we satisfied is the day we are dead.

| Posted on 2011-08-29 | by a guest


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hahaha you all r funny as hell. buy thanks i can do my homework now and btw too all that this may consern the poem isnt about apples it has almost no relevance to apples

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


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This poem is based on robert frosts life. He isn\'t fullfilled in life \"there\'s a barrel i didn\'t fill\" And that when he had the chance he didn\'t pick his love of his life when he had two or three opportunities as he says \" there may be two or three apples i didn\'t pick upon some boughs\" boughs meaning large branches. And after he saying he missed his chances in life. He is done picking apples. saying he is too old and dying to find anyone anymore. The rest just talks about how he feels missing his chances in life not being happy because he didn\'t pick his apple (loved one.

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest


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This poem is about acquiring knowledge and the irony of it. Even though the narrator has spent his entire life \"apple picking\" he still does not know what the after-life holds

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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you are all insane with you views of apple picking being about sex, losing virginity, lost choices. clearly the poem is about apple picking on a literal level and therefore any other metaphorical answers are purely guesswork

| Posted on 2011-02-18 | by a guest


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I think that Robert Frost is talking about his life. He is saying that he is tired and dead from apple picking. When he says that his ladder is pointed toward heaven still, he means that he is dying. Also when he says that there is a barrel that he didnt fill, he is saying that he had things in life that he wanted to do, but never accomplished. That is what i think this poem is about.

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


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like every other poems of frost he after apple picking can be read on more than one level. he wants people to know that the dream and life of reality are correlated and linking very closed to each other. a person has lot of desires in dream, which aren\'t fulfilled in reality. \"Of the great harvest i myself desired\" he had a great desire of a rich crop, then he is also commenting himself that \"There\'s a barrel i didn\'t fill\". Apples indicate the goals and deeds of man which he can achieve and unfilled barrel indicates the unfulfilled desire of man. Drowsiness refers to encroaching of death and dream refers sleepiness, actually he is doubtful and baffled that what kind of sleep is it which is not allowing him to fulfill him desires, the sleep of a woodchuck or a ordinary sleep of man. so, he let the reader to conclude it. Sleep actually in literature always meant death: sleep death and death long sleep. it has multidimensional interpretations and full of symbolism. and so on.
Sorry guys i got to go now.... search other comments to full summary of the poem.

| Posted on 2010-10-30 | by a guest


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i believe that this poem, is explaining frosts food that he eats on a daily basis, he is so poor that he always has to eat apple, "i am done with apple picking now" he gets angry when the apple fall on the ground "As of no worth." he wants a mad steak but he cant afford one, he is so hungry he hilucinates.

| Posted on 2010-07-22 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-07-22 | by a guest


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this poem is about his life and the way he feel it is repeating itself....it does not need any more explanation in my opinion

| Posted on 2010-07-22 | by a guest


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I think the poem has to do with sex. The poet repeatedly uses the word "fruit", which is associated with virginity. Therefore, "Apple-picking" signifies the taking away of ones virginity. To put if bluntly, Frost is describing a man who has had a very active sexual life and is finally getting tired of living a life of waking up to a different woman in his bed each morning.

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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I think robert frost is refering to the post resecion going on in those times. The apples represent the stock market and how it recovered. The ladder represents america climbing allover the tree which reprsents canada. I also like cake.

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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I believe that Robert Frost is referring to the things in his life he regrets. The apple are the "fruits of his labor" so to speak. He is nearing the end of his life and is looking back at his decisions. He has a few regrets, the apples that are "spiked with stubble", and the apples that have a "fleck of russet." Apples that have russet on them are undesirable to the producers. I belive that Frost feels the same way about those choices.

| Posted on 2010-03-10 | by a guest


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If you replace the term 'apple picking' witht the words sin he whole theme of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden becomes very apparent. The whole temptation of the apples becomes clear from the indulgent language the poet uses, including his decription on their 'scent.' He says he has had 'too much of apple picking' perhaps because he is so close to the end of his life he is done with sinning. His 'instep arch not only keeps the ache , / It keeps the pressure of a ladder round. ' This strongly implies to the reader that because of his apple picking or rather his sinning that the ache is that of his aching conscience.

| Posted on 2010-03-07 | by a guest


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I LIKE THIS POEM BY DESCRIBING EVERYMAN'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIS LIFE.

| Posted on 2010-01-07 | by a guest


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I LIKE THIS POEM BY DESCRIBING EVERYMAN'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIS LIFE.

| Posted on 2010-01-07 | by a guest


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It is possible, for the most part, to replace the words 'apples' and 'apple-picking' with 'opportunities' or 'opportunity-choosing'. If feel this poem is about life and it's choices, the authour saying he is done with it now, he is "overtired" and displayed a sense of regret at the "barrels I didn't fill". The "greatest harvest" he wanted so much has exhausted him; he is tired, but is unsure whether he is merely falling asleep or whether it is something deeper than that.
This poem can be compared to Seamus Heaney's 'Blackberry-Picking' - they share themes of disappointment and aging/deterioration, and the obvious metaphor for fruit-picking being something in life.

| Posted on 2010-01-02 | by a guest


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This is a very well composed poem of lively metaphors.

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Unfortunately, most poets are the worst source for explaining their work. Even if the poet is being honest, which is usually not the case, he/she might be unaware of legitimate interpretations. Much more goes on in a poet's mind than that person is aware of. Frost is especially notorious for misleading the reader, and he is quick to discount any interpretation other than the one on the surface. This is mainly to avoid limiting individual interpretations. "After Apple-Picking" works on many levels, and all are legitimate. In the deepest sense, the poem is about writing poetry. The apples are metaphors that must bridge the gap between the spiritual and physical worlds. If they fall to earth, they are worthless as metaphors. This is consistant with the image of the ladder and the idea that a poet represents the human struggle to acheive beyond the confines of the physical. All of this is, in turn, integral to the Transcendental school, which strives to show reality from a 'superlunar' level, thus overcoming the limitations that our physical forms are subject to.

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest


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The poem is about a man at the end of his life. He has spent his life accumulating goals, some of which have not yet been accomplished, but realises that he is tired of working towards goals he has no real wish to fufil. The apples are metaphors for his goals, the ladder his path to death (it's pointing towards heaven), the barrel his potential.

| Posted on 2009-10-22 | by a guest


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Sometimes it is not a good idea to try to analyse a poem too deeply because you may well read into it something that the writer wasn't implying at all. I have seen this done with my own poems and have risen up quickly to point out that my own thoughts within a given poem were not meant to have deep underlying currents but are simply put. For this reason I believe that Robert Frost was simply writing about the joy of picking apples in the autumn, and like many other people, after a day of doing a particular task, you are more likely to be dreaming about this than anything else.

| Posted on 2009-09-28 | by a guest


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When I ponder this poem I think of the great quote by Abraham Lincoln,
"Four score and seventy years ago our fathers brought forth this condiment, a new nation, conceived by McDonalds, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are worth their weight in hamburgers."
Thank You for explaining this to me in full detail, Pr. Peter Richardson.
P.S. Is Pr. a type of sauce? It could go well with french fries.

| Posted on 2009-04-15 | by a guest


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The first portion of the writing is a metaphor for Frost's sexuality. He describes 'picking apples' as embarking in a number of sexual exploits. I think we all understand just how tiring that can be.

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


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Analysis by Clay Cannon
"After Apple Picking" was written by Robert Frost, a prolific American poet who had great success. Frost also had a hard life that contributed to many of his works. The loss of his wife and children greatly influenced the emotion and tone in many of his later poems. In this very symbolic poem, Frost contemplates his life's achievements and his hard work by using the metaphor of a hard day's work picking apples and a dreamy sleep afterwards.
The poem's form is not exact. It follows a rhyme scheme that is not preset. Also its rhythm and meter vary. It is basically iambic, which contributes to the sleepy, dreamy feeling of the poem and mostly in pentameter, but varys greatly in some lines. It was not orginally organized into stanzas, but has been done on some sources and is written in 8 stanzas of 5 lines, ordered this way to seperate transitions of events in the poem.
The tone and mood of this poem can be described as sad and regretful. The speaker is saddened by what his work has turned him into and feels guilt, this causes the audience to feel sympathy for his problems.
The poem is deeply symbolic. Frost's life was full of achievement which is symbolized by the hard work of apple picking. He also had a hard life in which many tragedies occured. In the poem I believe the speaker represents Robert Frost who is contemplating his life and what it will be like when he dies. Some of the major symbols are the barrels representing his fulfilled and unfulfilled ambitions. The season of winter and sleep both represent the later stages in one's life and death. The most important symbol is the apple though. I believe that it represents the activities and opportunities in life. The speaker says with regret that he left some apples, meaning that many opportunities in his life have been passed up, but he also dreams of the many apples he did pick. This represents the many achievements and good times that his life had.
This classic Robert Frost poem I believe is a grim contemplation on the events of his life and his regrets and guilt he feels for the way he lived. Overall this poem laced with many metaphors and symbolism goes back to the influences of rural life and nature in Frost's life which make it a great poem and my favorite of Frost's

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I believe that "After Apple-Picking" can be interpreted in different ways.
My thoughts on the poem is that it is about death and stages in a persons life.
Almost everything in the poem is symbolic, the largest symbol being the apples which is a lit motif.
The apples symbolise the persona's experience in life, good or bad.
The persona becomes tired of experiencing life and wonders what it will be like to move on, he wants to move on but is afraid of what will happen due to the vision through the "Pane of glass"
The reference to "Winter sleep" is often interpreted as death and it also seen in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
I'm not sure if any of this makes sense, but it is my take on the poem.

| Posted on 2008-11-18 | by a guest


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His writing style reveals the compact idiom of that region. New England was to Frost, what the Lake District was to Wordsworth; his inspiration.
He worked as a farm labourer which granted him the ability to get closer to nature. Some sources say that he rivals Wallace Stevens as the greatest American poet of the 20th Century. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times! He was asked to read at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, due to his outstanding talent for writing and success.
Frost found it easy to fill his poems with depth and emotion as he led such a tragic life. This was because his wife and most of his children had died. As a result of this, Frost was believed to have contemplated suicide which is an underlying theme in Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Frosts poetry was seen as ‘revolutionary’ because most poems of this time period had a ‘romantic’ theme. His poems were classical, realist and controversial. They were also reticent, slow and ruminative. His writing reveals his roots in the New England countryside which was the inspiration for much of his writing. Frosts writing also reveals a homely philosophy but with a hint that the pioneering spirit has not yet died. Frost uses his surroundings, past experiences and views on life to influence his poetry. Frost himself once said, ‘A poem starts in delight and ends in wisdom’.
After Apple Picking concerns itself with the daily work of earning a living, in this case apple picking or possibly the feeling of fatigue and fulfilment after the work is completed. This reflects his toil as a poet.
Harold Bloom – ‘A gracious hymn to the necessity of yielding up the quest’.
The emotions shown in the poem are those of someone between waking and sleeping. Due to memory and sleep his dreams are magnified or blurred and distorted, on a simple narrative level. On a deeper level the world of normal consciousness and the world that lies beyond it melt and mingle.
The speaker is tired after a long day’s work of apple picking. He was feeling drowsy and soporific since he looked through the translucent sheet of ice, which was almost like a veneer finish on the surface of the water. He now feels fatigued and can feel sleep coming on. He queries in his mind whether it is just an ordinary sleep or something more profound.
The poem is rich in end-rhymes but it has no regular arrangement. The length of each line also varies from long to short. The slow tempo and cadence suggests the recurrent labour has dissipated all of his energy. Both the tempo and rhythm are manipulated and varied with subtlety by the poet. This retains the activity of the words and sounds. It all coalesces to keep the reader intrigued and feeling volatile while the narrator meanders off into abeyance.
Richard Gray – ‘The dreamy confusion of the rhythm, the curiously ‘echoing’ effect of the irregular unpredictable rhyme scheme, the mixing of tenses, tones and senses, the hypnotic repetition of sensory detail: all these things promote a transformation of reality that comes paradoxically from a close observation of the real, its shape, weight and fragrance rather than any attempt to soar above it’. ‘American Poetry of the 21st Century’
‘Sleep’ is all over the poem as its repetition is like a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns. The word ‘sleep’ is mentioned 6 times throughout the poem which creates emphasis on how the speaker is feeling.
Mitchell Creighton Aged: 15. Literature Student

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P- The poem is about a dream that the speaker had. In this dream his life was full of excess, of ambition and the guilt of the way that he fulfilled his desires. How those desires became his nightmare and how he was tired of the same.
C- Personification: Line 40: The woodchuck’s sleep
Symbolism: The tree = Symbolizes life
Allusion: Ladder: Refers to the ways that the speaker needed to get through life
The barrel: Refers to the mere ambition. The barrel that the speaker wanted to fulfill with apples…
Apples: Refers to the desires or riches that the speaker wanted to accumulate.
Pane of glass: conscience
Hoary grass: Season specifically winter.

A- The tone is purely regret, sadness “end”. I feel sorry for the speaker, he accumulated too much that at the end he was overtired of what he once wanted
S- Line 14
S- 8 stanzas of 5 lines
T - It’s pretty much the same, but a lot more detailed.

| Posted on 2008-11-11 | by a guest


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After a long day's work, the speaker is tired of apple picking. He has felt drowsy and dreamy since the morning when he looked through a sheet of ice lifted from the surface of a water trough. Now he feels tired, feels sleep coming on, but wonders whether it is a normal, end-of-the-day sleep or something deeper.
Aishani (India)

| Posted on 2008-11-04 | by a guest


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After a long day's work, the speaker is tired of apple picking. He has felt drowsy and dreamy since the morning when he looked through a sheet of ice lifted from the surface of a water trough. Now he feels tired, feels sleep coming on, but wonders whether it is a normal, end-of-the-day sleep or something deeper.

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: After Apple Picking, written in 1914. This poem describes Robert Frost’s sleep-wake condition in which he mingles up reality with dream. One evening while picking apples in his garden the poet felt exhausted and fatigue led him to drowsiness. Scent of the ripe apples in the atmosphere lost him in dream wherein he saw numerous apples of gigantic size; the vision was so clear and his senses were so awakened as he could not differentiate whether he visualized dream or reality. Though the poem is confusing yet it is not too difficult to understand. The students of literature must keep in mind the following points understand it well.
1. The poet like every owner of the garden desired a great harvest. (Of the great harvest I myself desired.)
2. The poet almost had finished his work of apple picking. (There may be two or three apples I did not pick upon some bough.)
3. The poet in the particular season did not have good harvest despite he desires. He could only fill half of the barrel. (And there is a barrel I did not fill)
4. The poem besides a psychological effect of the of the activity is also a spiritual experience
The poem “After Apple Picking” depicts the poet’s strange experience rather mystic vision of mixing up reality with dream. In a sleep-wake condition he is rocked between dream and reality but he fails to understand the nature of this sleep. He can differentiate whether it is a dream or reality. On a certain day the poet remained, busy in his garden in picking apples all the time from morn to eve. After the whole day's labour he felt quite exhausted. Scent of the ripe apples exerted on him influence in the form of drowsiness. With this intoxicating smell and fatigue the poet was overwhelmed with sleep; therefore, he was lost in the world of dream in which he saw the magnified apples more than ten thousand. The rumbling sound of the apples in the store was easily audible to him. It was all too good to be believed. The poet overjoyed at this great harvest as it was the realization of his desire. As the poet had his produce more than sufficient, he did not care for the apples if they were spiked or bruised. In sweetness of his dream the poet could not forget not forget exhaustion of his daily routine. It seemed to him that reality and dream were intermingled into inseparable oneness. Then the poet recalled the breaking of the glass like sheet of ice in the morning, it also refers that the thin glassy wall that makes division between the world of reality and the world of dream was shattered to mingle both the world into one. The poet wavered between a sleep-wake condition. This mysterious condition lasted for quite some time. On stepping out of the world of dream the poet himself was baffled and could not differentiate whether his sleep was “long sleep of death or just some human sleep.”
Like all other poems of Frost, this poem too can be read on more than one level. Apple-picking is the symbol of the human activities in life. Drowsiness stands for the sleep of death. The poet in this poem wants to tell us that the world of Dream and Reality are correlated, of ten wishes are fulfilled in dream which remain unfulfilled in the worldly, as happened with the poet who had a great desire for the rich crop, “Of the great harvest I myself desired” but in reality he did not have enough crop even to fulfil his barrel, “There is a barrel I didn’t fill”. Though Robert Frost himself comments about the poem, “it is just about the apple-picking” yet the poem has symbolic significance. Apples represent all the goals and deeds in his power he could achieve and the unfilled barrel represents the poets unfulfilled deeds, drowsiness refers encroaching death, dream indicate the state of death and the ten thousand magnified apples indicate many times multiplied reward of the good deeds performed in the life.
1. Describe the poet’s pleasant experience of apple picking.
Robert Frost, the poet has done too much of his routine work and he is now terribly exhausted. He has cherished the hope of reaping a rich harvest of apples, but he not has harvested sufficient produce as he desired. He could only fill half of the container and after the activity has been completed he becomes disgusted with his drudgery. Later on his exhaustion rocks him into the world of dream in which he experiences a very vivid vision. In drowsiness he can not discriminate between dream and reality. He sees numerous apples even more than ten thousand, all of great magnitude. This condition lasts for a certain span of time then he comes into sense; the world of colour and taste. The poet is still so confused and baffled that he can not decide which world is reality and which one is the world of dream. The poet does not know the actual nature of his sleep whether his sleep was the long sleep of the woodchuck one night-long human sleep. The experience the poet undergoes is on the one hand is pleasant as he tastes the pleasure of rich harvest and on the other hand it is mind baffling that the poet finds very close relationship between dream and reality.
2. What does the empty barrel signify in After Apple Picking?
Robert Frost, the poet in the beginning of the poem mentions that after apple-picking his barrel is still empty. The empty barrel literally signifies the unfinished work but symbolically it refers to a heap of unfulfilled desires. Although the apple-picker has been trying his utmost to fill his barrel with the apples picked by him, yet it is still empty because the apple tree did not bear enough fruit as the poet desired. In other words it may be elaborated, though the poet was on the last step of the ladder, he enjoyed himself high place in the world yet he cold not perform enough good deeds, when death encroached barrel of his deeds was half filled. Sleep which itself signifies death reaches the poet when his activities were still unaccomplished, and he require some more years. Though he fills half of the barrel yet he harvests generous reward in the world hereafter for a few noble deeds he performed in his life in the form ten thousand apples of great size and magnitude.
3. How is the world of reality and dreams mixed up in this poem?
Robert Frost, in this poem inter-mingles the world of reality and dreams. In reality, he is picking normal apples while standing on his two pointed ladder but, in dream, he sees apples of great size and magnitude. In sleep he vacillates between two poles of reality and dream. The poet in fact describes close relationship between dream and realty, life and death. The ambitions which often remain unfulfilled in the world of reality are realized in the world of dream. The dreamer enjoys himself with the same tastes, colours, smells and the pleasures of touch. In reality, the poet experiences he limited capacity of his physical labour but in dream he observes unlimited capacity of his imagination. The poet himself becomes as baffled and confused as it is difficult for him to suggest the solution whether the world which we consider reality is the real world or a mere optical illusion.
4. What kind of sleep does Robert Frost sleep?
While performing his work of picking apples, Robert Frost’s fatigue makes him feel extreme drowsiness. His fatigue and scent of the apples mingle and overpower the poet’s mind. In drowsiness he begins to see dream and he gets the vision of magnified apples. He hears them rumbling when emptied out of the barrels. The apple-picker has actually got tired of seeing the routine of loading and unloading of his apples. He admits that he himself has desired such a bumper harvest. Despite his utmost care, the apple-picker cannot throw the apples undamaged in his barrel. Some of them fall down from the barrel and are pricked by the stubbles. The dream is s much clear and vivid that it becomes difficult for the apple-picker to make difference between reality and dream. When he wakes up, he asks himself in his astonishme

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After a long day's work, the speaker is tired of apple picking. He has felt drowsy and dreamy since the morning when he looked through a sheet of ice lifted from the surface of a water trough. Now he feels tired, feels sleep coming on, but wonders whether it is a normal, end-of-the-day sleep or something deeper.
This is a rhyming poem that follows no preordained rhyme scheme. "After Apple-Picking" is basically iambic, and mostly in pentameter, but line-length variants abound. Line 1, for example, is long by any standard. Line 32 is very short: one foot. The poem's shorter lines of di-, tri-, and tetrameter serve to syncopate and sharpen the steady, potentially droning rhythm of pentameter. They keep the reader on her toes, awake, while the speaker drifts off into oblivion.
First, a comment on form. Throughout the poem, both rhyme and line-length are manipulated and varied with subtlety. The mystery of the rhymes--when will they come and how abruptly--keeps words and sounds active and hovering over several lines. We find the greatest separation between rhyming end-words at the poem's conclusion. Sleep comes seven lines after its partner, heap, and in the interim, sleep has popped up three times in the middle of lines. Sleep is, in fact, all over the poem; the word appears six times. But the way it is delivered here, the last rhyme is masterful. Heap first rhymes internally with sleep, then again internally with sleep, and then again, and only pairs up with the end-word sleep in the poem's last line. At this point, we've nearly forgotten heap. Sleep seems to rhyme with itself, with its repetition, like a sleepy mantra or a sleep-inducing counting of sheep. The poem arrives at final sleep not through a wham-bang rhyming couplet but more "sleepily."
"There are many other things I have found myself saying about poetry, but the chiefest of these is that it is metaphor, saying one thing and meaning another, saying one thing in terms of another, the pleasure of ulteriority." This is Robert Frost in 1946, in an essay for The Atlantic Monthly. "After Apple-Picking" is about picking apples, but with its ladders pointing "[t]oward heaven still," with its great weariness, and with its rumination on the harvest, the coming of winter, and inhuman sleep, the reader feels certain that the poem harbors some "ulteriority."
"Final sleep" is certainly one interpretation of the "long sleep" that the poet contrasts with human sleep. The sleep of the woodchuck is the sleep of winter, and winter, in the metaphoric language of seasons, has strong associations with death. Hints of winter are abundant: The scent of apples is "the essence of winter sleep"; the water in the trough froze into a "pane of glass"; the grass is "hoary" (i.e., frosty, or Frosty). Yet is the impending death destructive or creative? The harvest of apples can be read as a harvest of any human effort--study, laying bricks, writing poetry, etc.--and this poem looks at the end of the harvest.
The sequence and tenses of the poem are a bit confusing and lead one to wonder what is dreamed, what is real, and where the sleep begins. It's understandable that the speaker should be tired at the end of a day's apple picking. But the poem says that the speaker was well on his way to sleep before he dropped the sheet of ice, and this presumably occurred in the morning. The speaker has tried and failed to "rub the strangeness" from his sight. Is this a strangeness induced by exhaustion or ind

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The poem also has a few possible biblical references within it.
1) 'My two long pointed ladder's sticking through a tree'
Here we see that this could be linked into Jacobs Ladder
This poem also seems to touch on references to Adam and Eve (biblical)

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this poem to me as a student of literature is a very good approach of the poet about life and its end.
Zulfiqar Ali (Pakistan)

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ok i dont like this poem compared to Frosts other poems but its not about lust. its about a man in different stages of life and a dream about death.

| Posted on 2008-04-02 | by a guest


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Robert Frost often explores his own feelings in relation to the natural world through the use of extended metaphors. After Apple Picking is based upon a personal experience. He uses highly sensual language to convey a feeling of euphoria from exhaustion after a life of apple picking. Essence of winter sleep is on the night scent of apples: I am drowsing off. Clearly the references to apple picking have significance beyond the physical. The Poet was collecting Apples from The Trees and f

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.: Re. Apple Picking :.

CRETICAL APPRECIATION
1) Poet Introduction
2) Body
3) Conclusion..

After Apple Picking

The Poet of this poem , " After Apple Picking", is Robert Frost, He was an American Poet from ( March 26,1874-Jan 29,1963) . His work frequently drew inspiration from Rural life in New England, Frost was highly honored during his life time, receving four Puiltzer Prizes.
Although he is commonly associated with New England, Frost was born in San Francisco To Isabelle Moodie, Of Scottish ancestry, and William Prescott Frost,Jr., A Descend ant of a Devonshire Frost who had sailed to New Hempshire in 1634. His Father was a former Teacher turned into a newspaper man, a hard drinker, a gambler, a harsh disciplinarian; he had passion for politics also.

2) Body:- After Apple Picking , written in 1914. This Poem describes RoberFrost's sleeping condition..
Actually it is a very simple meaning..
The Poet was collecting Apples from The Trees and filling them in the barrels.. while doing so,since morning to evening , he was very exhausted and wanted to sleep.. This Meaning is very much refered to as the life-span of a person.. ( A person is usally tired and exhausted when he is old and wish death.).. So basically Robert Frost meant he wanted to die and was tired of his life..
While collecting when he was sleppy, he still had many apples remaing to be collected..( This means that he still had many many disires/aimbitions/hopes to be fullfilled and to accquire, but then he is very much tired and slpeey of collecting and filling them in the barrel..)
He also says that way of looking to the world has changed a lot when he is looking through the ice.. he actually means that when he was a child , he couldnt understand many things.. his way of seeing things was very childish and had no expirience, but then as the ice kept on melting ( Which is reffered to he growing up, started to see things more clearly, his expirence started to grow and things began to be clear..)He then says that the Ice Fell from his hand and he broke it which I dont know the meaning of...\
In orther part he says that he is very sleppy and then atlast sleeps, but he is not able to differintiate between his Sleep and Reality... he dreams that HUGE magnified apples comming towards him and they are about 10 thousands of them.. he sees them fully harvested which is very much being over joyed by him...
however this means that his desires starts to get fullfilled, in the life after,this world which is often refered to heavens.... which he says in the 1st stanza of the poem..

Kazim


| Posted on 2007-03-10 | by a guest


.: Re. Apple Picking :.

CRETICAL APPRECIATION
1) Poet Introduction
2) Body
3) Conclusion..

After Apple Picking

The Poet of this poem , " After Apple Picking", is Robert Frost, He was an American Poet from ( March 26,1874-Jan 29,1963) . His work frequently drew inspiration from Rural life in New England, Frost was highly honored during his life time, receving four Puiltzer Prizes.
Although he is commonly associated with New England, Frost was born in San Francisco To Isabelle Moodie, Of Scottish ancestry, and William Prescott Frost,Jr., A Descend ant of a Devonshire Frost who had sailed to New Hempshire in 1634. His Father was a former Teacher turned into a newspaper man, a hard drinker, a gambler, a harsh disciplinarian; he had passion for politics also.

2) Body:- After Apple Picking , written in 1914. This Poem describes RoberFrost's sleeping condition..
Actually it is a very simple meaning..
The Poet was collecting Apples from The Trees and filling them in the barrels.. while doing so,since morning to evening , he was very exhausted and wanted to sleep.. This Meaning is very much refered to as the life-span of a person.. ( A person is usally tired and exhausted when he is old and wish death.).. So basically Robert Frost meant he wanted to die and was tired of his life..
While collecting when he was sleppy, he still had many apples remaing to be collected..( This means that he still had many many disires/aimbitions/hopes to be fullfilled and to accquire, but then he is very much tired and slpeey of collecting and filling them in the barrel..)
He also says that way of looking to the world has changed a lot when he is looking through the ice.. he actually means that when he was a child , he couldnt understand many things.. his way of seeing things was very childish and had no expirience, but then as the ice kept on melting ( Which is reffered to he growing up, started to see things more clearly, his expirence started to grow and things began to be clear..)He then says that the Ice Fell from his hand and he broke it which I dont know the meaning of...\
In orther part he says that he is very sleppy and then atlast sleeps, but he is not able to differintiate between his Sleep and Reality... he dreams that HUGE magnified apples comming towards him and they are about 10 thousands of them.. he sees them fully harvested which is very much being over joyed by him...
however this means that his desires starts to get fullfilled, in the life after,this world which is often refered to heavens.... which he says in the 1st stanza of the poem..

Kazim


| Posted on 2007-03-10 | by a guest




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