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Frost’s Early Poems

Robert Frost

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Study Questions

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1. What form does the poem “Mowing” take?

2. In “The Road Not Taken,” which of the two roads appears “less traveled” to the speaker?

3. In “The Wood-Pile,” the woodpile in question “warms the frozen swamp” with “the slow smokeless burning of...

4. According to the speaker in “Mowing,” what is “the sweetest dream that labor knows”?

5. What does the wife see through the window at the beginning of “Home Burial”?

6. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is written in what meter?

7. In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Frost writes that the speaker imagines his horse to think him strange. What might be the significance of this?

8. Complete the following line: “Something there is that doesn’t love a

9. What does the neighbor say in “Mending Wall”?

10. At one point in “Mending Wall,” the speaker describes his neighbor as:

11. What does the speaker describe as “just another outdoor game” in the poem “Mending Wall”?

12. In “Fire and Ice,” the speaker contemplates whether the world will end in fire or ice; which wins out in his conclusion?

13. In the second part of “Fire and Ice,” the speaker contemplates whether it would be preferable to die by fire, or by ice. Which does he conclude is the better death?

14. Robert Frost, the quintessential New England poet, spent his first eleven years in what place?

15. From which poem is the following line extracted? “Earth’s the right place for love.”

16. What is the rhyme scheme of “After Apple-Picking”?

17. What is the rhyme scheme of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (excluding the last stanza)?

18. In “The Wood-Pile,” the speaker decides to continue walking in the woods. What animal does he then see?

19. “ ‘Three foggy mornings and one rainy day / Will rot the best birch fence a man can build.’ ” From which poem is this line extracted?

20. Finish this line from “Mowing”: “Anything more than the truth would have seemed too...

21. “The Tuft of Flowers” is written in:

22. How would you characterize the line lengths in “After Apple-Picking”?

23. In New England, when do people generally pick apples?

24. What, according to the poem, is apple cider made from?

25. Why does the child’s grave sit on the family’s property (in “Home Burial”)?

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my interpretation

by mistyplayitplease, September 11, 2012

He is dying--right here right now falling down dead and is wondering if it will be a bad thing like the ice falling and breaking or the apples falling and going to the cider heap. He spent a lifetime picking apples and now is his natural moment of death. This is my interpretation of the poem and what frost is conveying in this poem.

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Re: you statement: "Neither of the roads is less traveled by."

by emma_on, October 25, 2012

Re: you statement: Neither of the roads is less traveled by.

Take a look at the second stanza:

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Meaning the other was not grassy, and more worn. I.e. more travelled by.

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My Interpretation

by Rose_1989_, February 15, 2013

I believe Frost is speaking to the unique path we all travel in life. Every day we are faced with decisions. We weigh our options and try to predict what the outcome of a decision might be. Unfortunately we cannot predict the future...We look down one path as far as we can "to where it bends in the undergrowth" or as far as we can predict however there will always be variables preventing us from seeing too far into the future. Frost says he chooses the path least traveled by, but realistically the path we are all on is this very road he spe... Read more

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