Frost’s Early Poems
Frost’s Early Poems
Summary and Analysis
“The Tuft of Flowers”
“The Road Not Taken”
“Fire and Ice”
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
Suggestions for Further Reading
Suggested Essay Topics
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Full Book Quiz
1. What form does the poem “Mowing” take?
It is a sestina
It is a sonnet
It is a villanelle
It is in terza rima
2. In “The Road Not Taken,” which of the two roads appears “less traveled” to the speaker?
The one he takes
The one he does not take
Neither of the two
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”?
The coroner’s wagon
Her child’s grave
Her husband returning
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?
Frost is implying that the speaker is insane
The opinion of the horse could represent the opinion of society; the speaker recognizes that, in the eyes of his peers, his actions are unusual
Frost is trying to imbue his otherwise somber poem with a bit of humor
The talking horse suggests that animals, as representatives of the natural world, are wise and have important things to say to us
8. Complete the following line: “Something there is that doesn’t love a
9. What does the neighbor say in “Mending Wall”?
“There goes the neighborhood.”
“Won’t you be my neighbor?”
“Good fences make good neighbors.”
“How’s the wife and kids?”
10. At one point in “Mending Wall,” the speaker describes his neighbor as:
“an old-stone savage.”
“a tough old bird.”
“an ornamental frog.”
“a peg-legged manure man.”
11. What does the speaker describe as “just another outdoor game” in the poem “Mending Wall”?
Fixing the stone wall that marks the boundary between his and his neighbor’s properties
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?
Londonderry, New Hampshire
San Francisco, California
15. From which poem is the following line extracted? “Earth’s the right place for love.”
“The Earth and other Places for Love”
16. What is the rhyme scheme of “After Apple-Picking”?
ABAB BCBC CDCD, etc.
ABBA CDDC DEED, etc.
ABBA BCCB CDDC, etc.
It has no fixed rhyme scheme
17. What is the rhyme scheme of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (excluding the last stanza)?
AAAB BBBC, etc.
AABA BBCB, etc.
ABAB BCBC, etc.
AAAA BBBB, etc.
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?
“The Tuft of Flowers”
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”?
They follow a strict pattern
They are the same throughout
They vary considerably
They are irrelevant to the poem
23. In New England, when do people generally pick apples?
24. What, according to the poem, is apple cider made from?
Very small rocks
25. Why does the child’s grave sit on the family’s property (in “Home Burial”)?
The family lives in a municipal cemetery
Family graveyards were common on New England farms
The graveyard has been moved there by a developer
The burial was cheaper that way
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