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A Dream Pang Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 51

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I had withdrawn in forest, and my song

Was swallowed up in leaves that blew alway;

And to the forest edge you came one day

(This was my dream) and looked and pondered long,

But did not enter, though the wish was strong:

You shook your pensive head as who should say,

I dare not--too far in his footsteps stray--

He must seek me would he undo the wrong.

Not far, but near, I stood and saw it all

Behind low boughs the trees let down outside;

And the sweet pang it cost me not to call

And tell you that I saw does still abide.

But 'tis not true that thus I dwelt aloof,

For the wood wakes, and you are here for proof.


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RObert Frost was asleep where he dreamt of killing a woman. Then he woke up and made himself a sandwich, in which eh accidentally ate the poem he wrote.

| Posted on 2014-09-07 | by a guest

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This is a dream. The speaker is
seeing himself partially hidden in brush.
A person interested in being his friend or
lover wants to approach him, but pauses.
He/she thinks, "Shouldn't he be approaching
me? What an insult for me to make the first
move!" The speaker is hurt to seem
so aloof. But nature takes its course.
As proof, he/she is with him now.

| Posted on 2013-10-24 | by a guest

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robert frost went to the forest and killed a woman and then ate kfc.

| Posted on 2012-05-24 | by a guest

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First and foremost, frost had went into the woods and he left it, it was a very windy autumn day and his voice was muffled. In his dream he sees a character thinking about entering the woods, he really desires to,but he does not want to follow in Frost\'s footsteps, he may think that Frost is still in there. However, Frost is in fact observing him and he really wants to reveal his position to the point where it is causing him a pain, but at the same time it is sweet because he wants his friend to go through the experience. Frost does not regret going into the woods. He is not doing this out of resentment for the man at the threshold of the woods or aloofness. And also, in the final line Frost asserts that the woods are still alive and well and the friend will not settle with uncertainty or without proof so he must go into the woods. This character Frost has created could serve several purposes, it could be an image for Frost before he entered the woods or maybe someone who would have an opinion on Frost journey.

| Posted on 2010-11-24 | by a guest

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I believe this poem is a nod to Frost's subconscious. The first and second line suggest that the forest is his dreamland, his subconscious, which he "withdraws" or is "swallowed up" by. The dream person who appears wants to join him in his subconscious, but they dare not follow the narrator, because they can only taint his subconscious (I am not 100% sure on this - the last line of the first stanza is pretty hard to follow). The first stanza portrays his dreamworld, while the second stanza returns to reality following the dream. His subconscious has reminded him through his dream, "a dream pang", of the disconnection between himself and the dream person. He is not aloof to this feeling though - its not that he has forgotten because he doesn't care - and the works of his subconscious, "the wood", proves that.

| Posted on 2010-05-14 | by a guest

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The trickiest part of this poem seems to be the final couplet. To understand it best I think it is necessary to understand exactly what is represented by the forest. The woods are a reccuring theme in much of Frost's work and carry slightly different meanings from poem to poem but most always signify isolation from other people. Frost has seen this isolation to be both positive and negative at various times. In this poem he intentionally withwdraws into the forest creating a compound metaphor for isolation both within the forest as well as within his state of sleeping. This being a dream, it would does not matter tremendously that the person addressed (presumably a woman) does not enter into the woods to meet Frost since it is the thought of her that enters into his dream and not the woman herself. So while he sees her and it pangs him not to be with her, he notes that at that moment his apparent immobility within the dream was only an illusion. Had he moved within the dream out from the woods to be with her, it would have only confronted one half of the compounded metaphor of isolation, leaving him still asleep and away from the actual being of her. Instead the thought of her wakes him from the dream entirely where she is there with him and his spell of isolation is dissolved.

| Posted on 2008-04-06 | by a guest

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