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After Apple Picking

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on 24 September 2013

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Transcript of After Apple Picking

"After Apple Picking" and "Going for Water"
By: Robert Frost

Even More Literary Devices (fun stuff):
Everyone take a paper out of the hat. For the next five minutes this is your job. Follow the instructions on your paper when we say go.
Almost Stretch Break Time!
"For I have had too much of apple picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I so desired."
He is tired of the doing the same repetitive task everyday
Speaker: Child
Audience: General Public
Occasion: Children on an adventure/errand
Setting in Time: Autumn and Night
Setting in Place: Outdoor Country, moves from house to woods

After Apple Picking
Rhyme scheme makes the poem like a lullaby
"The scent of apples: I am drowsing off"
"of apple picking: I am overtired"
Overtired - exhausted after working for a long apple season
Apple orchard during the early 1900s
Harvest season before winter
Literary Devices
"My long two pointed ladder sticking through a tree"
"There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch, cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall"
More Literary Devices (YAY!)
"my long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree"
This line alludes to the story of Jacob's ladder in the Bible. When Jacob is trying to escape his brother he dreams of a ladder extending to heaven with God at the top.
The fallen apples are "as of no worth" this is an allusion to the biblical fall where Eve and Adam eat the forbidden fruit and fall out of grace with God. Frost seems to sympathize with humanity because of this sin.
First person narrative
employee at apple orchard
iambic pentameter with an irregular rhyme scheme
all one stanza - keeps the poem dreamlike
"The scent of apples: I am drowsing off. I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight" The speaker cannot "rub" out the strangeness of the day the way you rub sleep out of your eyes.
Frost personifies the woodchuck as a rational being who could tell the speaker if he was so tired that he would hibernate or if he was just ready for human sleep.
"For I have had to much of apple picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired"
"But I was well Upon my way to sleep before it fell"
Activity Questions
Could you handle doing this job for all of your life?

Can you see how it is possible to become burnt out on your job? (midlife crises)

Based on your reading on this poem, what do you think is Frost's opinion on manual labor?
Drum roll.....
It's theme time!
Overall we think the poem is about being overworked. In the early 1900s, people worked very hard at manual labor jobs; essentially, they worked until they died.

Based on Frost's abandonment of farm life we can assume that he was not willing to live that kind of life.

"And there's a barrel that I didn't fill beside it there may be two or three"
The speaker is overwhelmed by the task of filling more barrels of apples.
"I could tell what form my dreaming was about to take"
The speaker then goes on to describe a disturbing dream about apples. Basically, he is so overworked on the apple orchard that he even dreams about apples. For example, when I was in middle school I played a dogs game for so long on my wii that I dreamed about the little animated dogs at night.
"My long two pointed ladder's sticking through a tree toward heaven still"
The allusion to Jacob's ladder is especially important to theme.
In the bible story Jacob dreams that God is at the top of a ladder and tells Jacob that his descendants would be blessed.
The speaker is working hard at apple picking but has had little success at providing for his family and he wishes that God would tell him that it would okay
Emotional tone/mood: Happy, free, excited
Theme: Escape from routine
Lines Developing Theme: 5, 15-16
Imagery and Theme: 23-24
"Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade."
Physical Senses: 6-7, 21-22

Draw a picture of a memory from your childhood that made you feel free.

Once you are done, make a group and pick your favorite picture. You will present the chosen picture to the class.
Rhyme Scheme: ABCB except 10-12
Stanza Structure: Iambic Tetrameter, 8 syllables
Line Break:
Enjambment 9, 13, 19, 22
Caesura: 7, 12, 13, 20
"We heard, we knew we heard the brook (20)"

Technique Continued
Literary Devices:
Simile: 14, 24
Personification: 9, 16
"The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze (11-12)"
"But once within the wood, we paused (13)"
"We heard, we knew we heard the brook (20)"
Hyperbole: 9
Symbol: 24, moon, winter
Connotation: 18
Denotation and Connotation
"My long two-pointed ladder's sticking though a tree
Toward heaven still,...
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"
Using alliteration of "s" sound
"S" sound usually means sinister - like the Garden of Eden where the first sin took place by Eve eating a fruit from the tree
Denotation - he was literally picking apples, but he is done now
Connotation - he has been sinning, but he is done sinning now
1: "long two-pointed ladder sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still"
18: "apples appear"
23: "boughs bend"
30: "ten thousand thousand"
34: "spiked with stubble"
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