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Once by the Pacific- Robert Frost

by Brian Pham and Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

on 20 December 2012

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Transcript of Once by the Pacific- Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken. Once by the Pacific Written by Robert Frost Project by Brian Pham and Nick Johnson Reading Imagery Allusion Metaphor Meaning of the Poem Metaphor is seen in the description of the clouds as they linger low in the skies and obscure the vision of the great waves as they look down on the shore. The great waves are a great display of God's power as he looks down and observes a humanity that he has lost faith in. The last line of the poem, Put out the Light, alludes to the Shakespearean play, Othello, where he says the same thing before killing Desdemona, the woman he loves.
It also parallels the situation in which God, who loves humanity, puts out the light of the world, and brings about the apocalypse. The images of shattered water and a misty din add to the apocalyptic and ominous mood of the poem 3 Literary Elements specifically add the the meaning of the poem Background -Robert Frost was born in 1874 in San Francisco, California
-Lived there on the west coast for 10 years
-Moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts after his father's death
-Lived there and in Vermont for most of the rest of his life
-Died in Boston on January 29, 1963. The lines "better be prepared for rage" and "before God's last Put Out the Light was spoken" suggest the poem's meaning is that God is angry at the world and punishes it by bringing the apocalypse. The poem was actually based on a childhood experience from a beach in San Francisco as Frost's parents accidentally left him behind. There was a storm coming and Frost, a child at the time, was left by himself to face it. Also, his father used to take long distance swims in the ocean and leave his son on the beach. As Frost waited for his father he was always very anxious and those feelings contribute to the mood of the poem Real Life Experiences
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