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The Wood-Pile By Robert Frost.

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Introduction

Michelle Glorsky September 19, 2002 Pages 1865-1866 The Wood-Pile By Robert Frost The most obvious and blatant image in the poem is, of course, nature. The poem contains the wood pile itself, a swamp, winter scenery (snow), and birds as well as the narrator's fascination with communicating with such creatures. The narrator in this poem (as well as in the other assigned poems) appears to be exploring nature, people, etc., and doesn't seem to have a clear background, identity, and is certainly not limited in points of view. This poem (as well as the others) appears to be able to take on several different meaning, like a poetic chameleon. ...read more.

Middle

The narrator continues on, contemplating who might have left the wood there "And leave it there far from a useful fireplace..." (line 38). The poem is as ambiguous as my simplified summary. At first we come in contact with the narrator who goes out for a walk - is he escaping something, fleeing, or is he looking for something? He, during this walk, decides to turn back, and the reader questions if the narrator is returning to something, going "back" to something. He decides to continue on and "see," but the reader questions what the narrator means by that statement. Is the narrator looking to see something, as in see what happens, or see where the path leads him, or maybe see if this walk changes his life in some way? ...read more.

Conclusion

Frost states, "Who was so foolish as to think what he thought." (line 12). The main question is who is "he" - the bird for finding harm in the narrator, or the narrator for trying to figure out the bird's thoughts. It, at first glance, appears to be that the narrator is mocking the bird for being paranoid as "...one who takes/Everything said as personal to himself." (lines 15-16). However, the narrator's description of the white feather may be a hint that the bird is not paranoid, and in fact has something to fear. This description is a betrayal to the narrator's claim of indifference to the bird. I suppose there is no way to be certain of the narrator's meaning, except to determine which speculation is most reliable and sensible. ...read more.

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