"After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost


In this poem Frost takes an ordinary experience and changes it into a meditation the nature of life... and death. Apple-picking moves from merely picking fruit to considering how life has been experienced fully but with some regrets and mistakes. The reference to winter coming on feels like the presence of mortalilty. The question about what kind of sleep to anticipate suggests untroubled oblivion or possibly some kind of new life just as the woodchuck reawakens to fresh life in the spring after his hibernation.
 


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