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Maple


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Narrative poem in blank verse by Robert Frost, published in New Hampshire (1923).

Although others commonly misunderstand it as “Mabel,” Maple, the name of a New England girl, given her at birth by her dying mother, guides her life and endows her with a mysterious poetic quality. Her father is unable or unwilling to make clear the intended meaning, and Maple is able to find only partial clues, but the man she marries discerns her kinship with the spirit of the trees, and they share this secret as a motive of their love.

Subjects: Literature.


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