Robert Frost's "After Apple Picking" and "Birches" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Robert Frost's "After Apple Picking" and "Birches"
Poetic imagination and meaning in Robert Frost's poems "After Apple Picking" and "Birches".
# 62482 | 915 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2005 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains how Frost uses symbolism, metaphor and imagery in both these poems to address the idea of one's death. Examples from both poems are used in the paper to illustrate Frost's technique.

From the Paper:

"In "After Apple Picking," Frost's narrator professes to be descending from a hard day picking apples. However, that he speaks more of metaphorical than of literal work is evident in his choice of words, such as referring to his ladder as leading "Toward heaven still..." The mythical impact of his story is heightened by using biblical imagery through-out the poem, both in the reference to the ladder to heaven, and when he speaks of the "the great harvest" (a biblical term for the final judgment). Another such reference is " looking through a pane of glass," which is a direct paraphrase of the Pauline/platonic idea that in life we see through glass dimly, but after death we will see clearly. That he has broken the pane through which he sees the world indicates his death. The Shakespearan reference (from Hamlet) as to what dreams will come to trouble his sleep also indicates that the narrator faces death, which is above all a "long sleep." Yet he does not speak directly of death, but hides its presence within the extended metaphor of retiring from apple-picking."

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