For I have had too much Of apple-picking; I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired. Throughout the poem, both rhyme and line-length are manipulated and varied with subtlety. The speaker himself does so, since he apparently knows what will trouble his sleep but is uncertain about the kind of sleep overtaking him. Though Robert Frost was famous for sticking to the traditional style of poetry, this poem is one of his least formal works. Though the poem is confusing yet it is not too difficult to understand. This blurring of experience focuses in the central metaphor of the poem, 'essence of winter sleep. It is a proud poem, as if its very life depends upon a refusal to justify itself by any open evidence of what it is up to.
The metaphor is renewed in many other expressions, for example, in 'Magnified apples,' which are apples seen against the sky with daylight accuracy, and also great dream-like spheres. He hasn't completely abandoned the traditional style of poetry here, but hasn't completely adopted the concept of free verse, which he was totally against, either. All the objects of Nature appear strange to him now. This drifting form supports Frost's emphasis on the sense of waking and dream like state, just as the narrator of the poem does. And I keep hearing from the cellar bin … Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall. His is always enriched with the depiction of agrarian and natural scenes. Since the speaker has already done enough of apple-picking he feels overtired and fed up with the bumper harvest he has himself desired so much in the past.
Frost also employs many different line-lengths throughout the poem. He has felt drowsy and dreamy since the morning when he looked through a sheet of ice lifted from the surface of a water trough. He is nearing the end of his life and is looking back at his decisions. 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. It is possible, for the most part, to replace the words 'apples' and 'apple-picking' with 'opportunities' or 'opportunity-choosing'. He knows he should finish picking all the apples, but he has had enough. In the poem I believe the speaker represents Robert Frost who is contemplating his life and what it will be like when he dies.
His desires will lie dormant longer, but they will surely be revived, as nature is. He could only fill half of the container and after the activity has been completed he becomes disgusted with his drudgery. It all coalesces to keep the reader intrigued and feeling volatile while the narrator meanders off into abeyance. They loom large in his mind. Were he not gone, The woodchuck could say whether it's like his Long sleep, as I describe its coming on, Or just some human sleep.
Through this poem the poet preaches us lesson that instead of great effort on the part of the human being there is something left in our effort that we dont get that we desire and this process remain with each and every human being in their whole life. Frost also talks about making decisions in this poem and these decisions can be represented by the filled and unfilled barrels at the bottom of his ladder. After the whole day's labour he felt quite exhausted. It could also be that the apple-picking is symbolic for all the hardships one has to face in life, before embracing death. Then the poet recalled the breaking of the glass like sheet of ice in the morning, it also refers that the thin glassy wall that makes division between the world of reality and the world of dream was shattered to mingle both the world into one.
If you replace the term 'apple picking' witht the words sin he whole theme of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden becomes very apparent. The steady, almost plodding beat of the pure iambic pentameter is mixed with the dimeter and trimeter to contrasting effect. Copyright © 1994 by Cambridge University Press. Frost's poems are also very popular for their description of nature, which leaves the reader mesmerized. He has been off the ladder, but he still can feel its swaying.
After Apple Picking Analysis Robert Frost Characters archetypes. I think Apples over here points towards first disobedience of Man, or may be writer wants to say that when you get old, load of ur sins increases a lot. Recall, this is a poem about what happens after apple-picking. The yearnings of man remain unfulfilled. After a long day's work, the speaker is tired of apple picking.
He hears them rumbling when emptied out of the barrels. It follows a rhyme scheme that is not preset. A consciousness of a limited view and of a larger process of selection to which we are subjected is the darker fruit of our own knowledge. The sequence and tenses of the poem are a bit confusing and lead one to wonder what is dreamed, what is real, and where the sleep begins. Robert Frost, the poet in the beginning of the poem mentions that after apple-picking his barrel is still empty. Women too often only look at the outside of a person, the physical appearance and their class status and if they do not like it then they move on.