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After Apple-Picking Note the alliteration in the title After A pple-Picking It is as its title implies about work time and change about an earthly harvest and what follows It explores the frustrations and rewards of labor touching upon biblical texts Its references to heaven and earth and its play on things fallen lost and saved are anything but casual There is an essay in the Robert Frost Review 96 Looking through the Glass Frosts AAP and Pauls 1 Corinthians by David A Sanders of St John Fisher College Rochester NY Fisher talks about two allusions there Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass and 1 Corinthians 13 in which Paul contrasts our occluded earthly vision with that in the kingdom of God For now we see throught a glass darkly but then face to face For Frost the problems of mortal knowledge are those of mortality itself - the limitations from the loss of Eden After Apple-Picking in the Garden of Eden by the children of Adam and Eve - we are made to labor - just as described here loss of grace suffering and death Also note the irony that we keep picking and harvesting the apples analogous to the labor we are made to do by the loss of the Garden of Eden thereby re-committing the sin of picking the apple from the tree of knowledge Essay After Apple-Picking Frosts Troubled Sleep by John J Conder published in a book Frost Centennial Essays edited by J Tharpe Your library may have this Check a book called The Dimensions of Robert Frost by Reginald Cook p104 calls it a parable of accomplishment told with casual simplicity The analogy is suggested discreetly it is not imposed upon the poem but remains implicit in the context as it always does in Frosts effective double-meaning poems There is an extensive discussion of the
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