1. The basic lesson in
this poem is “people can not be children forever. Sooner or later, people must face the responsibilities of adulthood.
“Not launching out so soon” could mean not growing up so soon, and enjoying what life gives one in the present.
Not carrying the tree “clear to the ground” could mean not going back to childhood, but to keep progressing. If
the speaker fell, he would have to start all over again. This is furthered by the diction “poise” and “carefully,”
because one must be careful and accept adulthood to achieve and fulfill their life. If the speaker does not have poise and
caution, he would fall of the metaphorical tree and have to start gaining knowledge and succession all over again. One can
pour a drink into a cup up to brim with great caution, and by pouring above, he or she could achieve more than he or she thought
was possible. This symbolical drink fulfills one’s life. These 4-5 lines create a huge impact on the poem because they
state the theme, “One must aim high to achieve their goals early in life and not get sidetracked by juvenile thoughts.
If one does this, they may achieve their goals or something they thought was humanly impossible. Take risks; do not go to
far taking this risk. Do not make decisions to quickly. All of your dreams and fulfillments are meaningless if you do not
share it with someone.
think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
like to go by climbing a birch tree, and climb black branches up a snow-white trunk toward heaven.
click upon themselves
a twig’s having lashed across it open
the stir cracks
3. “You may see
their trunks arching in the woods years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground like girls on hands and knees that
throw their hair before them over their heads to dry in the sun.” and “And life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig's having
lashed across it open.”
4. Unlike Whitman, who
repeats sounds that do not represent what they are, Frost uses onomatopoeia-like devices in his sounds that create the real
sounds if someone says the words out loud. Whitman usually explains his sounds. Frost uses vast quantities of consonance.