AAnalysis of “After Apple-Picking” by Robert Frost.
November 20, 2011
The Speaker in the poem “After Apple-Picking” has been upon a ladder picking apples all day long. He has not picked every apple, but the night is coming and he is getting tired. As the speaker has some thoughts about his vision he had that morning, while he has these thought he may or may not be falling asleep. The speaker is tired of picking apples, because there are a lot of them and he had to be careful not to let them fall. He wonders whether he is in a normal sleep, or in a deep sleep.
“After Apple-Picking” is a poem in the shape of dramatic monologue. The poem typically involves a critical ...view middle of the document...
In the first line of the poem, the speaker states that he has one of the old fashioned ladders with the two points at the end. For the fact that the top of the ladder is pointed toward heaven, gives the poem religious overtones. In lines 3-5, the speaker states there’s a barrel next to that he has not filled yet. He has been filling barrels with apples all day. The barrel can represent everything he has not experienced. In line 6, He states that he’s done with apple-picking now, this could means he’s going to stop, or getting sick of it. He leaves us with a question, if he’s done with it for now or forever?
Lines 7 and 8 can cause us to reassess the setting of the poem. It’s night time, and the speaker is very tired. It could also tell us that the speaker is experiencing bad times. The speaker is either falling asleep on his ladder, or in his bed. On the other hand it could mean that he’s experiencing bad times, or thinking about times he experienced bad times. In lines 9-13, the speaker remembers when he went outside to get a drink of water from his trough. The top layer of the trough was frozen into a sheet of ice since the night was cold enough to do so; he picked up that sheet to get to the sweet water beneath it. The speaker looked at the world through the sheet of ice. The grass was misshapen by the mirror of the ice. There is a time shift between the line 9-13 and lines 14-17. Lines 14-17 tells us that it’s more likely that the speaker is in bed, after a long and hard day of work, thinking about what he will be dreaming about when he falls completely asleep.
He starts dreaming in lines 18-20. Dreaming about apples represents his thoughts about his experiences, they could be good or bad experiences. The speaker the russet specks that dot the surface of the apples. Due to your memories your dreams are magnified. In lines 21-23, the speakers describes how realistic his dream about the apple-picking can be, or going to be....