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Robert Frost once said There are many other things I have found myself saying about poetry but the chiefest of these is that it is a metaphor saying one thing and meaning another saying one thing in terms of another the pleasure of ulteriority The Atlantic Monthly 1946 In After Apple Picking Robert Frost does as he said he uses a simple story about a man who after a hard day of picking apples is tired and wishes to rest to imply a larger idea - that our actions express our values Combining familiar objects like nature and everyday work in the poem makes it easy to read but not necessarily easy to understand Actually Robert Frost hides a lesson about life that he wants to pass on to the readers The speakers actions are apple picking he values nature However the speaker starts to doubts this value of his and it is shown in the poem by an association of the apple with The Garden of Eden his treatment of nature dream and the sleep of the woodchuck After Apple Picking slides from a simple story about apple picking to a story about life experiences and a person who doubts his values The speakers encounter with apples makes him question his values Apples usually evoke association with the Garden of Eden and the Fall Adam after picking and eating an apple was expelled from the Garden of Eden from a heavenly place where he lived as one with nature to a world where one must labor The apple may have given Adam knowledge but he had to leave The Garden of Eden The world of labor is the place where the speaker lives but unlike Adam who gained knowledge from the apple about life the speaker doesnt The speakers ladder is pointed toward heaven still 2 the speaker climbs it so many times that his instep arch not only
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