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After Apple-Picking In the poem After Apple-Picking Robert Frost has cleverly disguised many symbols and allusions to enhance the meaning of the poem One must understand the parallel to understand the central theme of the poem The apple mentioned in the poem could be connected to the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden It essentially is the beginning of everything earthly and heavenly therefore repelling death To understand the complete meaning of Frosts poem one needs to be aware that for something to be dead it must have once had life Though this is not the central theme in this poem Frosts symbolic use of the apple makes this concept equally as important Life and death are common themes in poetry but this poem focuses on what is in between lifes missed experiences and the regret that the speaker is left with The dictionary definition of regret is sorrow caused by something beyond ones power to remedy This seems to be the state of our speaker for he states reflectively And theres a barrel that I didnt fill beside it and there may be two or three apples I didnt pick upon some bough But I am done with apple-picking now We have established that the apple represents both life and death and in this instance may we go even further and say that these particular apples represent life experiences these experiences were missed Or perhaps knowledge that was not gained but was desired The barrels are empty and seeing this regret is felt Nevertheless but I am done with apple-picking now tells us that our speaker feels he can no longer remedy the empty barrels He is now at a reflecting point for he tells us that he dreams magnified apples appear and disappear stem end and blossom end and every fleck of russet showing clear Through this passage we see that he is reflecting back on his life Some experiences
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