Love fades away as time goes by
• Love fades away as the person ages
• How? (how can we prove this)
The Poem is divide into two parts
• His remembrances of his past love (describes love as “sweet”.
• His pain, suffering and desire towards love
• Came out in 1923 in his book called New hampshire
• Was 52 at the time-old enough to speak about love
• “In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, who became a
major inspiration in his poetry until her death in 1938” ()
• Most of Frost’s poems were talked about how “life associated with
nature” () Rare to find Frost talking about love.
• “The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal
themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to
language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity
of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with
layers of ambiguity and irony”
• Structure=remembrance + desire
1st part of the poem
• Uses words as “lived”, “had”, and “seemed”- indicate
past tense. Our theory- only does he remember but
also desires to regain the sweetness of love
• Description of love- “sweet”
• 2nd part of the poem: the poem’s divide mark could be said to
be at line 20. Starting with “NOW” referring to present
Changes tone
Changes mood
from “sweet” to “bitter”
Now desires love
• “the hurt is not enough” (29)
• Theory
• How wants to feel more pain? why?
• We believe he experience pain when he loved. He rejected it. But is willing
to experience greater pain to receive more love. if that what it takes .
• “Sweet of bitter bark and burning clove” (23-24)
• Theory• Bark is not sweet-speak from experience
• Is trying to find that “sweetness”
• Burning clove are extremely to Sweet
• Like an alcoholic how seeks stronger substances
• “The petal of the rose/it was the stung”
• Theory• Desire to feel pain again. If it means to love again.
Petal is soft and smooth- soothing sensation
But at the same time needs love
Or is willing to take pain
May be he was hart
• “When stiff and sore and scarred”(25)
• This phrase is hard to pronounce.
• Makes the reader slow down. Purpose is to think about the sentence
• Polysyndeton= use of “and” and the alliteration combined.
• “I lived on air that crossed me from sweet things”(3-4)
• I imagine a boy coming up into a cross wind. Smelling the air.
• May me he had multiple loves.
• “I had the swirl and ache from sprays of honeysuckle that when
they’re gathered shake dew on the knuckle”. (8-12)
• This poem has many examples of imagery
• Swirl and ache=Butterfly affect
• Honeysuckle= sweet sent
• “shake dew on the knuckle”= water on you knukle
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• Krebs. "To Eartward By Robert Frost." Version 1., 12 Sept. 1921. Web. 12 Sept. 1921.