After Apple Picking Poem Analysis

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“And I could tell what form my dreaming was about to take”(Frost, 1101),this line by Robert Frost in the poem “After Apple-Picking” predicts the outcome of a dream. In this paper I will show you the outcome of three author’s dreams. Authors often use symbols in their poems to give their story’s meaning and in this case authors Langston Hughes, Julia Alvarez, and Robert Frost do just that. These authors use different symbols in their work; however, to me these poems all have one symbol in common, a dream. Langston Hughes poem “Ballad of the Landlord” the narrator is struggling with his landlord to cooperate with him. The Narrator wants his house fixed before he pays rent.” My roof has sprung a leak. Don 't you ‘member I told you about it way …show more content…
He loved them so much he decided to spend a whole day picking apples. “My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree toward heaven still” (Frost, 1101) this line explains that his ladder leads him up to his heaven, the apple tree. In contrast these apples are a symbol of his work as an author. He loves to write and is passionate about it, but then he gets burnt out.”The speaker writes that he feels “The ladder sway as the boughs bend” (23) and with this the reader is given a feeling of uncertainty. It is as if the speaker’s future is wobbling with the ladder and he may fall at any moment; perhaps he is not ascending to heaven, as he had believed” (Sterne, 2014). He picks and picks all the apples he desired until he desires no more. This poem’s symbol was the dream itself. He got his dream, but it quickly became a nightmare. “For I have had too much of apple picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired” (Frost, 1101). Frost recalls the fallen apples that lay at his feet and in this he thinks of his failures as a writer. Like all writers Frost had his dry spells when his work was not doing so well. In parallel just like the beginning of this poem he is eager and ready to pick apples, just like he was eager when becoming a writer. After he realized the hard work of picking apples he was beat, just like he had been in times of his writing.”What should have been an …show more content…
Each poem having a different dream and some may or may not be met. “Ballad of the Landlord” by Hughes, dream was to be respected and listened to; yet, his dream was not honored and he was sent to jail. In “Queens, 1963” by Alvarez the dream was to be treated equal like everyone else. This dream was slowly but surely met as time in history went on. Robert Frost’s poem “After Apple-Picking” dream was met, but later was regretted. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Moral here is a dream can be a good or bad thing and is sometimes met or sometimes not met. And sometimes you just have to wait. As Julia Alvarez would say,“too bad the world works this way” (Alvarez,

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