Out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day, I paused and said, "I will turn back from here. On "The Wood-Pile" J.
The narrator asserts his own freedom from this desire with the line "One flight out sideways would have undeceived him," while confirming his own inability to liberate himself from this desire to take off "the way I might have gone," if he were still not bound to his instincts.
And his aloneness is the more complete because there are no alternatives outside the present circumstances which give him any comfort.
It can mean both that the loneliness includes him but is unaware of doing so, and that the loneliness includes him and he is not aware of its doing so by virtue of his near obliteration.
Seeing the woodpile in all its magnificence, the speaker sees also that its heat warms "only as best it could.
As a poet describes it, the weather-beaten woodpile becomes a cosmic symbol of the cycle of labor and decay. It is written in blank verse. With a reflection about whoever it was who left it there, "far from a useful fireplace," the poem concludes.
In other words, people learn from nature because nature allows people to gain knowledge about themselves and because nature requires people to reach for new insights, but nature itself does not provide answers.
In this symbolic reenactment, the speaker believes into existence an entity which was potentially there in the emerging but partial lines of the earlier stages of his journey inward. This particular tension is elaborated in the relationships between lines 1 and 2.
More interesting than anything it "says" is the way the presentation resists, as solidly as does the sunken woodpile, our readerly efforts to find a message in it, to take it as a symbol for something or other important.
The view was all in lines Straight up and down of tall slim trees Too much alike to mark or name a place by So as to say for certain I was here Or somewhere else: The entire poem centers on these two objects of observation.
All these details catch, in a single, powerful image, a moment of process in which exquisite physical and spiritual form and imminent formlessness, growth and decay, stasis and flux fully interpenetrate, the implications of each participating in and giving value to the other.
It is essentially primordial, totally unformed. They could mean that the bird was foolish to think that the man had this particular design upon him.
There is a network of growth and destruction. He has become at once his own reassuring guide and cautious initiate. At first he wants to "turn back" but then continues with "we shall see.
It resides in the kind of context the reader is asked to supply for each of the poems. What held it, though, on one side was a tree Still growing, and on one a stake and prop, These latter about to fall.
If this is a situation that resembles winter visions of Stevens, the sound resists any effort to bring visionary possibilities into being. It was a cord of maple, cut and split And piled -- and measured, four by four by eight. In "The Wood-Pile" the narrator finds in his frozen swamp ambiguous evidence of order and cultivation that does not yield simple revelations.
Unlike poems such as "Home Burial" and "A Servant to Servants," which are inclined toward the tragic or the pathetic, nothing "terrible" happens in the personal narratives, nor does some ominous secret lie behind them. It generated thought and feeling in him. I thought that only Someone who lives in turning to fresh tasks Could so forget his handiwork on which He spent himself, the labor of his ax, And leave it there far from a useful fireplace To warm the frozen swamp as best it could With the slow smokeless burning of decay.Robert Frost and The Wood-Pile The Poem Possible Themes "Interpretation" The Wood-Pile Robert Frost Facts About the Poet Born on March 26, in San Francisco, CA At age 12 moved to Lawrence Massachusetts following the death of his father Died on January 29.
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J. Donald Crowley "The Wood-Pile" is thoroughly typical of many of Frost's mature nature poems. At once narrative and dramatic, the poem seems astonishingly clear even on first encounter.Download