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On the surface Two Tramps in Mud Time seems to display Robert Frosts narrow individualism The poem upon first reading it seems incongruent with some of the stanzas having no apparent connection to the whole poem The poem as a whole also does not appear to have a single definable theme At one point the narrator seems wholly narcissistic and then turns to the power and beauty of nature It is however in the final third of the poem where the narrator reveals his true thoughts to the reader bringing resolution to the poem as a single entity not merely a disharmonious collection of words At the outset of the poem the narrator gives a very superficial view of himself almost seeming angered when one of the tramps interferes with his wood chopping one of them put me off my aim This statement along with many others seems to focus on me or my indicating the apparrent selfishness and arrogance of the narrator The blows that a life of self-controlSpares to strike for the common goodThat day giving a loose to my soulI spent on the unimportant wood The narrator refers to releasing his suppressed anger not upon evils that threaten the common good but upon the unimportant wood The appparent arrogance of the narrator is revealed as well by his reference to himself as a Herculean figure standing not alongside nature but over it The grip on earth of outspread feetThe life of muscles rocking softAnd smooth and moist in vernal heat Unexpectedly the narrator then turns toward nature apparently abandoning his initial train of thought He reveals the unpredictability of nature saying that even in the middle of spring it can be two months back in the middle of March Even the fauna
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