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Robert Frost (1874—1963) American poet

 

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Blank-verse poem by Robert Frost, published in North of Boston (1914).

The poet suggests a cosmic symbol in his discovery of a weathered, long-abandoned cord of maple, “cut and split and piled,” held from being scattered by a growing tree on one side and on the other “a stake and prop, these latter about to fall.” This wasted labor can be the work only of “someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks,” and could leave his creation “To warm the frozen swamp as best it could With the slow smokeless burning of decay.”

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