After Apple-Picking Essay

503 WordsAug 2, 20103 Pages
Robert Frost was a man that was close to emotional collapse, deeply depressed, and suicidal. This could be why at the age of forty he wrote “After Apple-Picking.” This depicts an old man who is contemplating his life with all its failures and disappointments. By using metaphors and symbols from his own half-imagined country life, Frost portrays his sentiments at his own death. On line 7, Frost states the “Essence of winter sleep is on the night” relating that death is coming to call on the man (Frost 965, 7). He cannot “rub the strangeness from his sight/ he got from looking threw the pane of glass/ skimmed this morning from the drinking trough” (966, 10-12). Suggesting that he can see his past failures and disappointments threw this ice, as if it was a dream. The man can see “Magnified apples appear and disappear” (18) signifying the many opportunities that he has had and passed on over the years. In addition, it can be suggested that even if things were going well they eventually went downhill after some time “No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble/ went surely to the cider-apple heap/ as of no worth” (34-36). The added pressure of trying to prevail in something becomes illustrated, “my instep arch not only keeps the ache, it keeps the pressure of a ladder-round” (21-22). He looks and realizes this pressure is still evident even in his death “And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill/Beside it, there may two or three/ apples I didn’t pick on the bough,” (3-5). This could also signify the things he has to finish or accomplish yet in his life. However, he states “But I am done with apple picking now” (6) and “I am overtired/ of the great harvest I myself desired” (28-29). This could epitomize the acceptance of his upcoming death and his chance to bow out peacefully. The main symbols of this story are the apple-picker, the man, which is a man doing his

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