After Apple Picking Essay
Through his extensive use of symbolism, metaphors, and motifs, Frost accentuates upon the theme that “people work hard to achieve worldly goals, only to find that success is less than satisfying” in order to further enlighten the reader of life and its accompanied accomplishments.
Frost’s adroit symbolism of achievements and sins, “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”, (lines 31-36) elaborates upon the biblical meaning of the apple and its relation as a symbol of the theme of the poem. In these lines, Frost relates the apples that fell and hit the ground to sins as well as corruption. Relating them as if they are of no worth or somehow tainted, similar to how Adam and Eve were treated after they “fell to earth” for eating the forbidden fruit which was an apple. Once eaten, Adam and Eve were thus tainted and corrupted which is why they were cast out, ultimately giving them a fate neither desired. Much to the poem, their achievement of eating the apple was less than satisfying in their case. Further exemplification can be found evident with Frost’s continuous use of metaphors.
The entire poem can be viewed as a single extended metaphor in which Frost reflects that the job of picking apples is tedious after a long day’s work, much like life which connects to the theme. “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” (lines 1-9) where the long pointed ladder is much like the beam of light many people claim they see when near death. In that the entire harvest is his life and it is finally...
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