• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

After Apple Picking Explication

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The poem, "After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost dramatizes the conflict between the hard work of apple picking and the feeling of fatigue, laziness, and lack of motivation. Moreover, this leads to the idea that the speaker's choices and decisions about this hard work have shaped his life. The speaker of the poem is tired after a long day's work of picking apples. However we find that the speaker has been tired since the morning when he looked through the "pane of glass," which was on the surface of frozen water. He explains that he feels tired and can feel sleep coming on. The speaker questions whether it is just an ordinary sleep or something more. Similar to other poems by Robert Frost, "After Apple Picking" contains many vivid images of nature. ...read more.

Middle

The poem is taking place during the season of winter. The season of winter is symbolically related to death because it is the "death" of the year. The hibernation of the woodchuck also may represent death. In the poem, the speaker is expressing his feelings after a hard day's work of picking apples. The line, "My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree," shows ladder in the poem belongs to the apple picker. The word "long" and the "o" sound stress how tired the speaker is from going up and down the ladder. The line, "Toward heaven still," describes how the speaker is standing on his ladder looking up towards heaven. Perhaps, the apples represent life's responsibilities and chores and he is awaiting death but "heaven" is blocked by these responsibilities. The line, "But I am done with apple picking now," shows that the speaker is decisive and knows when to quit picking apples. ...read more.

Conclusion

Magnified apples appear and reappear," suggest that his dream is repeating. The lines, "Of load on load of apples coming in" and "For I have had too much Of apple picking: I am overtired" also show that the speaker is physically and mentally tired. The colon in the sentence also emphasizes his tiredness. The line "There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch," contains the word "thousand" twice which makes it seem like the number of apples he is picking is infinite. The line, "Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall," contains many commas, which creates pauses and also shows that the speaker is very tired. In the poem "Apple-Picking", the apples represent the choices and decisions the speaker makes in his life. The speaker's choices and decisions, both good and bad, have shaped his life and fate. The title is "After Apple Picking" which illustrates a reflection upon the speaker's after everything is over. I like this poem because it is easy relate to what he is feeling. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Comparison of Robert Frost's Tree at my Window and The Sound of the Trees

    Clearly, this is another line that reaffirms the tree's role as a metaphorical leitmotif, not an object to be taken literally. Going back to the "Tree at my Window," there is something to be noted about the role window plays in this poem.

  2. Snow and Poem in Winter

    In the third stanza of Poem in Winter, the poet is telling us that the children are right to believe in their dreams, to hope for the snow to come down and not to be like adults who are pessimistic at times and not hope for anything, that nothing will happen, that the snow will not fall down.

  1. Robert Frost as a Thinker: Religion

    Another way Frost portrays his religious views is by trying to blend science with religion in hopes of finding a way for them to be able to co-exist with each other. A good example of this is his poem Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight.

  2. "After Apple-picking" by Robert Frost

    The speaker wants to be like the woodchuck that is able to hibernate during winter and is able to start a new life after it wakes up from hibernation. The speaker wants to have a new life and not the current one he's leading.

  1. The apple tree

    He spotted one and sat down facing a beautiful young woman. Manon's hair was twisted into a bun and her beautiful dark blue eyes stared absently out the window. They started talking, and he was amazed at how fast time went by because of the intensity of their conversation.

  2. Ode on Melancholy Explication

    The last four lines turn from nature to people. For example, the mistress, while she shows her anger, she enjoys her beauty (peerless eyes). In the third stanza, "she" refers to the mistress in stanza II and to melancholy. The speaker explains that happiness and pain are related: "Beauty must

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work