The apple itself is strongly associated with the Garden of Eden, Eve and the Tree of knowledge of good and evil but this poem only gives a shake of the head to the idea that God is involved in this harvest. The season of winter and sleep both represent the later stages in one's life and death. The speaker is tired after a long days work of apple picking. What is required is toil and labor, the exertion of body and mind necessary to bring anything to birth. Frost aims to arouse a mood of hesitation and drowsiness, where the speaker would about to drop off to sleep and would be no longer in control of his thoughts of apple.
All of this is, in turn, integral to the Transcendental school, which strives to show reality from a 'superlunar' level, thus overcoming the limitations that our physical forms are subject to. This wandering structure allows Frost to emphasize the sense of moving between a waking and dream-like state, just as the narrator does. The poet overjoyed at this great harvest as it was the realization of his desire. This poem describes Robert Frosts sleep-wake condition in which he mingles up reality with dream. And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin That rumbling sound Of load on load of apples coming in. On a deeper level the world of normal consciousness and the world that lies beyond it melt and mingle.
That means, the task of apple-picking is incomplete. When are apples ripe - how to tell! The phrase could signify metaphor itself and reminds us that for Frost metaphor was the true source and method of all thinking. Since the speaker's dream, according to this account, represents an ideal rooted in the real world, his ability to dream about a job well done represents his heaven on earth. Though Robert Frost insists that the poem is written purely in context of a rural aspect and it shows nothing more than the beauty of nature prevailing upon human mind, intellect and will, yet the poem does allude to certain extended meanings. He worked as a farm labourer which granted him the ability to get closer to nature. After Apple-Picking has 42 lines, all of which are end rhymed, and the rhymes are full.
Darwin's Tree of Life represents both nature's diversity as well as the common descent and destiny of all living creatures including man. But do wash them before you eat them! And I keep hearing from the cellar bin … Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall. He wants the rhythms of his poem to mirror the state of mind of the speaker. Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts. But for readers concerned with the depth of the actual in Frost's poetry, such an explanation is hardly sufficient. He is picking apples while standing on a two pointed ladder. The poet shows an equal skill in describing reality and dream.
The barrel that the speaker wanted to fulfill with apples… Apples: Refers to the desires or riches that the speaker wanted to accumulate. Like all other poems of Frost, this poem too can be read on more than one level. Apple-picking is the symbol of the human activities in life. After Apple-Picking explores the relationship between the human and natural worlds, focusing on a specific scenario, the end of an apple harvest and the subsequent consequences, both physical and psychic, for one person. But he consciously shattered that world, which led him to thoughts about dreaming, and the shape of his future.
It was not orginally organized into stanzas, but has been done on some sources and is written in 8 stanzas of 5 lines, ordered this way to seperate transitions of events in the poem. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. The bruises represent the missed opportunities and the mistakes he made. The woodchuck's sleep will be untroubled, the speaker's potentially full of, too full, of humanness. One can see what will trouble This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is. Some experiences are clearer than others are, but some are more important now than they were at the time it happened.
The experience the poet undergoes is on the one hand is pleasant as he tastes the pleasure of rich harvest and on the other hand it is mind baffling that the poet finds very close relationship between dream and reality. I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight I got from looking through a pane of glass I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough And held against the world of hoary grass. Often, however, these thoughts are too vague or complex to articulate. Look at the various types of apples and what they could be metaphorically. Despite his utmost care, the apple-picker cannot throw the apples undamaged in his barrel.
It is appropriate to the whole intention of the poem that where the apple-picker sets out wakefully to accomplish what he has all along been doing in a daze, unconsciously - to make metaphors and to generalize on his experience - the result is a tangle of confusions. A wet towel placed nearby helps to keep the humidity up. If only that woodchuck could talk, this business of what kind of sleep would be put to bed once and for all. He is also seeing reflections of his life. His writing style reveals the compact idiom of that region. In this sleepy state he was able to tell what form his dreaming was to take place, or what kind of dreams he was about to see in his sleep.
This time, however, he appears to belong to both realms, rather than hold back from a full commitment to either. Copyright © 1963 by Reuben A. Posted on 2008-11-18 by a guest. I believe that it represents the activities and opportunities in life. Our writers can write any custom essay for you! If anything is retained in the allusion to Jacob, it is the sense of an impending struggle. Sleep comes seven lines after its partner, heap, and in the interim, sleep has popped up three times in the middle of lines.
The ambitions which often remain unfulfilled in the world of reality are realized in the world of dream. To speak of apples is to speak of the Fall and the discovery of the benefits from it that both require and repay human toil. Some sources say that he rivals Wallace Stevens as the greatest American poet of the 20th Century. It seems as though the speaker is seeing all the opportunities he had in his life that he didn't take advantage of and is now reflecting on them. Because the poem is somewhat surreal in nature, unusual for a Frost poem, he needed to rein in the potential for dissipation and disorder whilst at the same time allowing some distortion.