after apple picking Essay

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Subject: Write an explication of After Apple Picking.

     Robert Frost’s poem, After Apple-Picking, describes the personal reflections of an elderly man who lives on an apple orchard. This old man has lived a good life, and now must contemplate its quality and meaning. By performing an honest assessment of his past, the old man is better able to accept his inevitable future.
     The first six lines of this poem develop the situation in which the speaker has found himself. He has led a long and successful life and is still on track for going to heaven upon his death. Apples are used as a metaphor for his wealth, not just monetary wealth, but rather everything that he has accumulated
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He casually thinks about something that occurred earlier in the day that amused him. That morning he finds a layer of ice, “pane of glass”, in his animal’s “drinking trough.” As he picks it up and looks through it, he notices the whitish grey, “hoary”, frost that has accumulated on the surrounding grass. The speaker recognizes that the decrease in last night’s temperature is a sign that winter is on its way. By the time he has made this realization, the sun is already out and warm enough to start melting the ice. After acknowledging the oncoming seasonal change, the speaker drops the piece of ice, and it breaks apart on the ground. At about the same time the speaker recalls the ice falling towards the ground, he manages to fall asleep.
     Once the speaker falls asleep, he describes a dream that he is having about apples. He thinks about what the apples look like, the enormous amount that he has picked over the years, and how he has taken many of these apples for granted. These apples, as defined earlier, are a metaphor for his wealth. More specifically, they are the fruits of his labor. While dreaming of apples, the speaker is actually reflecting upon all of the positive experiences that have happened to him. He briefly recalls what the apples looked like, and then describes how he had picked those apples.
Throughout the time he is picking apples, the

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