Thursday, January 29, 2009

Afterflakes

In the thick of a teeming snowfall
I saw my shadow on snow.
I turned and looked back up at the sky,
Where we still look to ask the why
Of everything below.

If I shed such a darkness,
If the reason was in me,
That shadow of mine should show in form
Against the shapeless shadow of storm,
How swarthy I must be.

I turned and looked back upward.
The whole sky was blue;
And the thick flakes floating at a pause
Were but frost knots on an airy gauze,
With the sun shining through.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

5 comments:

  1. I love this poem!! It is wonderful!!

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  2. god can someone provide analysis please, i think he questions god first, but then i dont get the second stanza, then he talks about how god showed him he is there with the clearing of the sky

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    1. Anonymous7:27 AM

      Matthew,
      My interpretation is that in the midst of a storm with nothing to cause his shadow, he sees it on the snow and he looks up to question why his shadow should be present. Looking back at the shadow, he wonders if perhaps the darkness is coming from within himself. Looking back skyward he sees the blue sky and realizes that it's just a shadow and he can be free of guilt.

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  3. Anonymous1:41 PM

    The way a crow
    shook down on me
    A dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree

    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.

    Robert Frost

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  4. Anonymous2:07 PM

    He is questioning the inner essence of man/himself more than God and spirituality, and coming to the conclusion that all you are, is what you believe yourself to be.

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