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The Bear Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 64

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The bear puts both arms around the tree above her

And draws it down as if it were a lover

And its chokecherries lips to kiss good-by,

Then lets it snap back upright in the sky.

Her next step rocks a boulder on the wall

(She's making her cross-country in the fall).

Her great weight creaks the barbed wire in its staples

As she flings over and off down through the maples,

Leaving on one wire tooth a lock of hair.

Such is the uncaged progress of the bear.

The world has room to make a bear feel free;

The universe seems cramped to you and me.

Man acts more like the poor bear in a cage,

That all day fights a nervous inward rage,

His mood rejecting all his mind suggests.

He paces back and forth and never rests

The me-nail click and shuffle of his feet,

The telescope at one end of his beat,

And at the other end the microscope,

Two instruments of nearly equal hope,

And in conjunction giving quite a spread.

Or if he rests from scientific tread,

'Tis only to sit back and sway his head

Through ninety-odd degrees of arc, it seems,

Between two metaphysical extremes.

He sits back on his fundamental butt

With lifted snout and eyes (if any) shut

(He almost looks religious but he's not),

And back and forth he sways from cheek to cheek,

At one extreme agreeing with one Greek

At the other agreeing with another Greek

Which may be thought, but only so to speak.

A baggy figure, equally pathetic

When sedentary and when peripatetic.


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Why is the title The Bear? Robert frost is very much comparing man to a bear. But it is more than just explaining how the bear and man differ. It is more fundamentally, about how they each adopt the traits of each other. The bear is referring to humanity itself.
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| Posted on 2015-01-13 | by a guest

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Man imprisons himself by his own constant analytical thinking. The bear, which represents all natural beings, is not so imprisoned and thus is truly FREE.
To me, this poem signifies how little humans know about the world and the universe. The biggest indicators of this are when Frost talks of the microscopes and telescopes and then the Greeks. We pace back and forth, trying to figure out all this earth has to offer and trying to find what secrets we can under every rock, but we are essentially inhibiting ourselves because all of this stuff is based on science. When you think about, science really is a closed-minded and narrow way of looking at things, from the microscope to the telescope. The bear, on the other hand, sort of appreciates things and is able to break free of the cage that still confines humans.

| Posted on 2014-10-23 | by a guest

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man is imprisoned in a cage created by his own analytical thinking!

| Posted on 2011-04-12 | by a guest

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This poem is saying how man is limited to what he can do, while the bear, is a more free spirit

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest

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