After Apple Picking (Robert Frost)

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In Robert Frost's poem I like a couple of different lines:

Line 3 "And there's a barrel that I didn't fill

       4  Beside it, and there may be two or three

       5  Apples I didn't pick upon some bough."

Here I think he is talking about there is something in his life that he didn't fill, some ambition, dream, person, or something other than this that he wished when he wrote this that he would have done.

Line 18 "Magnified apples appear and disppear"

I took this poem as that the apples are sort of like people and I like this quote because it talks about apples appearing and disappearing.  Friends appear and disappear and so do significant others. 

Line 30 "There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,

       31    Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall."

Going along with the last quote it continues talking about people and how there are so many people out there that could be your friend and/or significant other. And it says to cherish these fruits and not let them fall because you never know when they will leave you.


Rachael Sarver said:

I think it's really interesting how you related the apples in Frost's poem to the people in his life. It is almost as if Frost is sad that he did not meet more people during his lifetime. It almost makes you wonder if maybe he regrets something he did or the way he went about things because he almost seems disappointed in his "apple picking."

Joshua wilks said:

I think that this is a very good interpretation of the poem. I saw the poem in a very similar way. In that last line i dont think it needs to be about people, rather it could relate to any of the things that you previously mentioned about the apples - a dream, ambition, or just some aspect of his life that could have been. There were many ways that life could have turned out if this or that had happened.

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