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On the surface Two Tramps in Mud Time seems to display Robert Frosts narrow individualism Thepoem upon first reading it seems incongruent with some of the stanzas having no apparentconnection to the whole poem The poem as a whole also does not appear to have a single definabletheme At one point the narrator seems wholly narcissistic and then turns to the power and beautyof nature It is however in the final third of the poem where the narrator reveals his truethoughts to the reader bringing resolution to the poem as a single entity not merely adisharmonious collection of wordsAt the outset of the poem the narrator gives a very superficial view of himself almost seemingangered when one of the tramps interferes with his wood chopping one of them put me off my aimThis statement along with many others seems to focus on me or my indicating the apparrentselfishness and arrogance of the narrator The blows that a life of self-controlSpares to strikefor the common goodThat day giving a loose to my soulI spent on the unimportant wood Thenarrator refers to releasing his suppressed anger not upon evils that threaten the common goodbut upon the unimportant wood The appparent arrogance of the narrator is revealed as well byhis reference to himself as a Herculean figure standing not alongside nature but over it The gripon earth of outspread feetThe life of muscles rocking softAnd smooth and moist in vernal heatUnexpectedly the narrator then turns toward nature apparently abandoning his initial train ofthought He reveals the unpredictability of nature saying that even in the middle of spring itcan be two months back in the middle of March Even the fauna of the land is involved with thischicanery the arrival of the bluebird would to most indicate the arrival of spring yet hewouldnt advise a thing to blossom The narrator points to the conclusion that while on thesurface things appear to be one thing there is always something hidden
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