Robert Frost Essay After Apple Picking

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree

Toward heaven still,

And there's a barrel that I didn't fill

Beside it, and there may be two or three

Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.

But I am done with apple-picking now.

Essence of winter sleep is on the night,

The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.

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.

It melted, and I let it fall and break.

But I was well

Upon my way to sleep before it fell,

And I could tell

What form my dreaming was about to take.

Magnified apples appear and disappear,

Stem end and blossom end,

And every fleck of russet showing clear.

My instep arch not only keeps the ache,

It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.

I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.

And I keep hearing from the cellar bin

The rumbling sound

Of load on load of apples coming in.

For I have had too much

Of apple-picking: I am overtired

Of the great harvest I myself desired.

There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,

Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.

For all

That struck the earth,

No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,

Went surely to the cider-apple heap

As of no worth.

One can see what will trouble

This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.

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.

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Summary: Robert Frost's poem "After Apple Picking" depicts a reflection upon life itself after everything is said and done. The apples represent the decisions one makes in life, both good and bad, and the poem's narrator realizes that he has created his own destiny with the choices he had made. This theme and Frost's use of literary devices make the poem both exceptional and easy to relate to.


Titles are an important aspect to a poem and offer a summary or clue to what the poem may be about. What is apple picking? It is not taking a red fruit from a tree and sticking it into a barrel. Apple picking symbolizes the decisions you make in life. Since the title is "After Apple Picking" it depicts a reflection upon life itself after everything is said and done. With life as a main subject, this poem has religious ties. The title can be read off as "After Life is Over and done."

Reading, the poem is started as a reflection. The narrator begins to saw that there are several barrels he has not filled [with apples]. Apples represent choices made in life either good or bad. The narrator seems to have come short of some events. Narrator was not done with life yet but his chance...

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