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After Apple Picking

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Transcript of After Apple Picking

His Life What's Happening Explication Devices Interesting
Facts After Apple -Picking After Apple-Picking After Apple-Picking
by Robert Frost *Theme: Life should be lived in such a way that when it comes to an end one can reflect and have no regrets.
*Tone: Reflective then Regretful
*Mood: Reflective
*Persona: An old tired man is reflecting on the things he did as he approaches the end of his life.
*Form: Free Verse Extended Metaphor
Caesura
Symbolism
Allusion
Imagery *Received 4 Pulitzer Prizes
*Frost read a poem at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy
*4 of his 6 children and wife, died before he did.
*Committed his sister into a mental hospital My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear. My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep. Biography History & Influences *WWI began in 1914
*Realist and Naturalist Period
*Ezra Pound, and Edward Thomas influenced him greatly *Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, CA
*Grew up in Lawrence, MA and graduated co-valedictorian of his class.
*Attended Dartmouth briefly in 1892.
*Published his first poem, “My Butterfly,” in 1894.
*Married his high school sweetheart, Elinor White in 1895 and they had six children.
*Moved his family to England in 1911.
*While in England he published collections of his works titled “A Boy’s Will” and “North of Boston.”
*In 1915, Frost moved his family to a farm in Vermont because of WWI in England.
*He published some of his most famous works in 1915 including “Birches” and “After Apple Picking”.
*In Vermont, he continued to write and was inspired by the nature on his farm.
*Frost’s wife and four of his children died and he traveled to study and continue writing until his death.
*On January 29, 1963, Frost died from complications of a surgery. *An elderly man is contemplating his life
*The apples that he has picked become the accomplishments he has made in his life
*He notices that though his barrel isn't completely filled, he's done "apple picking"
*He thinks of how he dropped "apples", and is worried that he didn't do enough to save them, since they hit the ground and had to be thrown away Caesura *The scent of apples: I am drowsing off. *Of apple-picking: I am overtired Symbolism *And there's a barrel that I didn't fill *hoary grass. *The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in. *The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep. Allusion *looking through a pane of glass *My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still, Imagery *My instep arch not only keeps the ache, * Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear. Extended Metaphor The apples are the elderly man's accomplishments the things he didn't do Autumn is over He did a lot in life He is separate from the animal kingdom Jacob's Ladder as described in the book of Genesis Men's mortality 1st Corinthians 13:12 Autumn ending and Winter beginning shows the mans old age, and that death is approaching For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. Symbolism is an important literary device used in “After Apple Picking.” Critic Mann Erudite comments on the use of this device throughout the poem. “You have to realize that for something to be dead, it must have been alive before. This may not be the central theme of the poem but Frost's symbolic use of the apple makes this concept as important. This poem is about life but its focuses are what are in between, the missed life experiences and the regret that the speaker is left with.” Criticism *The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in. *The scent of apples: I am drowsing off. The apple tree and the entire aspect of harvesting it are an extended metaphor for life. Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass"
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