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Robert Frost

After Apple-Picking

Fiction | Poem | Adult | Published in 1914

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Discussion Starters

1. Though Frost never explicitly mentions death in this poem, it has often been read as an older man’s contemplations at the end of his life. What clues in the poem make this interpretation plausible?

2. Consider the symbolism of apples in other poems, stories, or myths you have read. What might the apples symbolize in “After Apple-Picking”? 

3. Frost uses enjambment, or the continuation of a thought past the end of a line, frequently throughout this poem. Identify as many enjambed lines as you can. What effect does enjambment create within this poem?