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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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