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Throughout the ages educated people have a history of disagreeing with each other on matters ranging from whether or not man has evolved from apes or simply to the meaning of a line of a favorite poem One such topic that is often debated among scholars everywhere is what makes a poem a poem While some people believe that only those that contain a specific rhyme and rhythm scheme can be truly considered poetry others believe that the realm of poetry encompasses all free verse poems as well However the one criterion that can be used to truly discern poetry from prose is the ability to put forth more than a mere story and give off feelings through the words Whereas a prose piece usually will only give objective meanings poetry can give words and sentences much more subjective feelings One master of these literary effects is none other than the famous American poet Robert Frost Poems such as Death of a Hired Man Mowing and After Apple-Picking all contain many double meanings and portray many specific feelings and different people can all have different views about each poem For example Avery Scott believes that After Apple-Picking speaks of Frosts desire for a change from the ordinary which he states when he wrote Frost sees the apples from every angle even in his dreams because he is so desperate for a change and a break from his pattern of labor Whereas the poem may mean this to him when I read it I personally believed spoke about a mans joy to lose himself in something as mindless as picking apples and of his acceptance of all apples whether they be bruised discolored or misshapen and the desire to take in all even the ones he feels bad about missing The apples seem to represent some deeper desire which all people can interpret differently therefore personalizing the poem for them This is shown later when Scott
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