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The Sound Of Trees Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 75

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I wonder about the trees.

Why do we wish to bear

Forever the noise of these

More than another noise

So close to our dwelling place?

We suffer them by the day

Till we lose all measure of pace,

And fixity in our joys,

And acquire a listening air.

They are that that talks of going

But never gets away;

And that talks no less for knowing,

As it grows wiser and older,

That now it means to stay.

My feet tug at the floor

And my head sways to my shoulder

Sometimes when I watch trees sway,

From the window or the door.

I shall set forth for somewhere,

I shall make the reckless choice

Some day when they are in voice

And tossing so as to scare

The white clouds over them on.

I shall have less to say,

But I shall be gone.


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| Posted on 2017-07-19 | by a guest

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I believe the Robert Frost though this poem was intended for children, describing life like a none moving tree.

| Posted on 2017-03-01 | by a guest

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Perhaps keep in mind that robert frost is not always the speaker in the poem- he is the author.

| Posted on 2012-02-13 | by a guest

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Frost\'s \'The Sound of Trees\' is essentially a critique of missed opportunity, he is criticising the actions of human beings who lack ambition and prefer to carry on with the mundanity of life. The actions of the people could well be compared with the image of the stagnant gull in \'Neither out far nor deep\' and when the speaker asks \'Why do we wish to bear\' referring to the trees it implies he is tormented by them much like the tone conveyed in \'After apple picking\' in which \'magnified apples appear and disappear\', a metaphor for missed opportunity.

| Posted on 2011-05-20 | by a guest

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Frost is criticising human nature. He is comparing us to trees for we talk of leaving and doing grand, exciting things yet we postpone our plans until it is to late. Like tree\'s we are rooted to one place- yet we mimic trees swaying in the wind with our yearning to leave. When we grow old, it becomes too late but we still talk of going. Frost is making this decision- yet he is as bad as the rest of us for when he says \'I shall make the reckless choice..\' it is followed in the next line by the words \'some day..\'. He is just like the rest of us.. planning to be better and different yet being a hypocrite and doing exactly what he criticises.

| Posted on 2011-01-16 | by a guest

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i dont think its about the 'tradegy' of a tree.
More of what Robert is deciding to do. He is troubled and deciding whether to leave or not.

| Posted on 2010-05-13 | by a guest

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Frost uses naturalistic imagery so common in many of his poems in a metaphoric stance. 'My feet tug at the floor/And my head sways to my shoulder' this lyrical representation of a tree's movement could reflect a need for contentment, which must be pursued by a change, and the roots which 'tug at the floor' may represent the limitations and barriers to that end, family/circumstance etc. This is similar to 'Neither out far nor in deep' where the speaker retains a confused air, yet is contemptuous of the common norm, and comments how 'the people look out toward the sea, and turn their backs on the land' use of 'the people' here shows the speaker, whom I believe to be Frost, distancing himself from the other people and rejecting their way of seeing things, yet as suggested in his title, he doesn't know where he himself stands 'Neither out far nor in deep' suggesting he is in fact sitting on the fence about this matter.

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

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I think this poem is about mental detioration as Frost was old and not in a right state of mind alot. You cant hear trees which is impossible, therefore it is dubious to trust Frost who was probably too old to make sense at the time. This poem is all about how old people often dont make sense, as well as the efemeral nature of our existence: the twilight of our existence is sandwiched between the naivety and immaturity of youth, and the brain melting period of old age.
Nash Arynirk, Bridgeport,CT

| Posted on 2009-05-09 | by a guest

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Frost seems to question his own folly- unlike in "Neither Out Far nor In Deep" he uses the pronoun "we".
"We wish to bear" "We suffer"- Frost questions why we desire to hear such an annoying, disturbing sound.
"So close to our dwelling place"- could have a double meaning- the noise the trees make seem too close to home for him.
He personifies the trees as being "that that talks of going/ But never gets away"- this could refer to poems like "Gathering Leaves" in which Frost "talks of going" to death, but never actually resolves on doing so.
"that talks no less for knowing/ as it grows older and wiser/ That now it means to stay"- As the trees grow "wiser" they must learn that they are rooted to the spot and thus cannot go anywhere (according to the natural order of things), but they keep making noise despite this knowledge, although, now this noise is that they "mean to stay". Perhaps he refers to his own disinclination to stop talking (or writing poems) that are contemplative of suicide despite the fact that he knows the uselessness of such things.
The movement of the narrator's head "sway"ing to his shoulder seems to confirm the link between Frost and the trees as the trees also "sway".
The trees seem to have made him evaluate his own life, so he writes: "I shall set forth for somewhere," "I shall make the reckless choice"- If you put a stress on the "I" it sounds like he is trying to make himself out as more active than the trees, however, just like the trees, he speaks, but his speech has no real meaning as he doesn't finish his phrases- where will he set forth to? What reckless choice will he make? This indicates another type of wandering.
The storm at the end of the poem seems more decisive than the rest of the poem- The storm makes the trees make a greater noise as they are "tossing"- this seems more decisive. here the poem does take on a more assured tone, although it speaks of a future time, where the "somewhere" and the "reckless choice" will have been decided upon.
"I shall have less to say, But I shall be gone." - Frost seems to say that he won't stop wondering about death until he is dead. Therefore, he cannot stop writing these poems (which he often writes to clear up matters with himself) until he has learnt the conclusive lesson that is death.

| Posted on 2009-03-11 | by a guest

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The narrator recognizes the tragedy of the tree, which becomes wise by staying in one place it's whole life and witnessing the actions around it. Although the tree learns much and has much to talk about, it is trapped by it's roots. The narrator resolves to sacrifice wisdom and go boldly by his own choice to seek his own knowledge and life experience by defying the conventional life exemplified by the trees which surround his home.

| Posted on 2009-01-06 | by a guest

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The narrator is in an argument and the narrator wants to end the "suffering," but is unsure if it is the right thing to do. Others are telling him to leave, so that is what he is going to do.

| Posted on 2008-10-24 | by a guest

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The narrator is in an argument and the narrator wants to end the "suffering," but is unsure if it is the right thing to do. Others are telling him to leave, so that is what he is going to do.

| Posted on 2008-10-24 | by a guest

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