Robert Frost and After Apple Picking. After Apple Picking is a curious poem that, on the surface, is a person thinking out loud, telling a complicated story of the apple harvest and how their sleep is going to be affected because the work has been exhausting. "After Apple-Picking" is one of those early poems by Robert Frost that makes people think of him as a quaint, New England poet. Along with "The Road Not. 'After Apple-Picking' illustrates exactly Santayana's remark that 'the artist is a person consenting to dream of reality.' The 'consent' in this instance is implied in.


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Or, on a more straightforward level, your bedtime thoughts can clarify what happened during the day. But few people actually take the time to collect their thoughts at the end of a after apple picking, hard day.

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Most of us just after apple picking to pass out and dream about winning the Super Bowl "Hey, Peyton Manning, we're open in the end zone!

The speaker of "After Apple-Picking" keeps close track of the progress of his thoughts before sleep. It's fascinating how he can recognize that he's falling asleep without that consciousness impacting the process of falling asleep.


Insofar as this reading rejects death and immortality as one possible form of sleep in "After Apple-Picking," the after apple picking is consistent with a general opinion that Frost is nonteleological in his thought. Since he neither affirms nor denies that the emergence of mind suggests ultimate meaning in the after apple picking, Frost would necessarily remain neutral in his attitude toward immortality.


But if the speaker's dream and sleep exist in life, then to assert that, after his labors, the speaker "is now looking not into the world of effort but the world of dream, of the renewal," is to oversimplify the poem.

This view identifies the dream interpreted as pleasurable with the sleep seen as a time for contemplation after apple picking well as renewal and in the process limits both.

Such a reading qualifies the word "trouble" into insignificance to be troubled by a lovely dream is to be superior to the woodchuck, who cannot dream and oversimplifies the speaker's attitude toward after apple picking experience. Given the feats of association that he makes, given the fact that he speaks in after apple picking, the speaker's attitude toward his sleep is far more complicated than at first seems clear, and his trouble far more real than might be supposed.

The speaker's attitude toward his sleep is complicated because of the possible kinds of sleep overtaking him. To be sure, this may be a night's sleep from which the speaker will awake, refreshed, ready to turn to those "fresh tasks" mentioned by the puzzled speaker of "The Wood-Pile.

But after apple picking association after apple picking night with "essence of winter sleep" gives "night" a metaphoric context and so expands its meaning.


Indeed, a simple night's sleep seems an improbable meaning, since the speaker was "well" upon his way to sleep before he dropped the "pane of glass" in the morning. Perhaps, then, his drowsy after apple picking may be part of the "essence of winter sleep"; after apple picking is, perhaps it is a sleep similar to nature's.

Enough correspondences between the human and natural worlds exist to dictate this as one possible kind of sleep. The speaker's apple-picking ceases as the year nears conclusion, and his "drowsing off" is after apple picking with "essence of winter sleep": Essence of winter sleep is on the night, The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.

If his sleep is to be like after apple picking, what then is the point of the reference to the woodchuck? Since the woodchuck surely could not ".

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Presumably woodchucks do not dream and do not desire great harvests. Presumably men do not go into physical hibernation for months. If only man has after apple picking potential to desire great after apple picking, his desires may follow a cycle similar to nature's.

They may wax and wane like or with the seasons; they may emerge, as the woodchuck does in the spring, or lie dormant for months, as the woodchuck does in winter.

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For the man who is ". Assuming that the desire for harvests and the act of harvesting after apple picking are an emblem of man's creative spirit working its will on the world, a reader can see that implicit in this situation is the question: Will my desire, my will, my talents be resurrected, directed toward reaping new harvests?

Although he would find it more comforting to think that "just some human sleep" is a single night's sleep which will restore his powers so that he can turn to after apple picking tasks," he can be reassured by the analogy between man and, the seasons nonetheless.