After Apple Picking, by Robert Frost

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This paper is about “After Apple Picking,” by Robert Frost, from the perspectives of Carl Phillips and Priscilla Paton. I would like to focus more on Carl Phillips discussion of “After Apple Picking” as his article has more focus on an actual argument on what “After Apple Picking” is about compared to Paton’s article which is more about how Frost went about writing his poems though his usage of metaphors and vague colloquialisms . Neither article was solely about “After Apple Picking,” but both had a few good observations and comments about the poem. Phillips main observation, and argument, was that “After Apple Picking” was about restlessness and ambition. “It’s a poem of restlessness, the restlessness of an ambition that spurs us towards greater achievement.” (Phillips 134). Restlessness is the main focus of Phillips’ article, it is the title of his article and in his opinion it is the reason why poems exist at all. “Poetry is the results of a generative restlessness of imagination… uncertainties become obsessions to be wrestled with, and with luck, the result is poetry…” (Phillips 132) Phillips, in summary of his article, claims uncertainties in life trouble our minds until the uncertainties become obsessions. We become restless in our quest to understand the uncertainties we face and by writing poems we can organize our thoughts and try to understand the things we do not. Phillips furthers his explains his claim by admitting “ I write poetry for the same reason that I read it, both as a way of being alive and as a way of trying to understand what it means—how it feels—to be alive.” (Phillips 133). Phillips continues his discussion about restlessness by saying restlessness is linked to ambition. “Unsatisfied with the given—the... ... middle of paper ... discern what Frost means in his poems. His poems are vague, and force the reader to think about what they really mean, and helps them think about slippery issues and also about how they make people more free and wise? I thought it would be a good secondary source because it ties in well with uncertainty which in turn ties in well with restlessness. Phillips, Carl. "On Restlessness." New England Review (10531297) 30.1 (2009): 131-140. OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 4 Nov. 2013. I decided to focus more on Phillips’ article because he talks more about the poem itself, and has a stronger focus on a particular argument and theme of restlessness in my opinion compared to Paton and her analysis of how frost writes poems. I also enjoyed the article and thought it very thought provoking while being easier to read and comprehend compared to Paton’s article.
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