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Why a 'long two-pointed' ladder, though? Are there ladders with more or fewer points? I've spent some time pondering this aspect of your question. Ladders are not generally pointed at all, but Orchard ladders are. However, I don't think the pointy top is strictly relevant to the two-pointed description and can be discounted. Orchard ladders also come in ...


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As a student some sixty years ago I picked apples as part of a summer job. That is my only qualification for the following observations. Orchards today are populated with short trees to make harvesting easier, either mechanically or manually. The trees that I picked were big, and so would have been the trees that Frost is speaking of. A long ladder that is ...


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There are sonnets in several of Shakespeare's plays, especially, though not exclusively, in his earlier ones. Best know among these may be the one that Romeo and Juliet share in Act 1, scene 5: ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough ...


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TLDR: Somebody changed the line from Wyeth's original poem to add two syllables and turn it from iambic tetrameter to iambic pentameter. The line you quote in the post is iambic pentameter. The original line was indeed iambic tetrameter. In the early 16th century, the rules of iambic pentameter were much looser, and poets experimented a lot with their meters....


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The throne of Mammon is implicitly contrasted with the throne of God, which is mentioned in the next stanza. The throne of God is described in Revelation 4: 3-6 (King James Bible Online; emphasis mine): 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And ...


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The first three lines of the poem establish this sort of patterned violence: Flogged lame with legs Shot through the head with balled brains Shot blind with eyes Here we have organs destroying organs. Legs disable legs, brains shoot brains, eyes are bullets that blind etc. In the next three lines, the parallels continue and are heightened when we hear ...


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I think looking at the poem's meaning may be helpful here. If we assume that "After Apple Picking" is a poem about the end of life (the apple picking has been done, the ladder specifically points towards heaven) and looking towards death, it makes sense to see the ladder's side rails as the beginnings of lines that converge at an imaginary point ...


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Compare the illuminated versions of The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, wherein we find The Tyger to the roughly contemporary Tommy Thumb's Song Book and there are many similarities. The Tommy Thumb book was apparently first published in 1745 but I have included an 1815 edition. The page layouts are similar: one poem per page. Both books have many ...


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The poem was found in a sixteenth-century register compiled by notary Brandan de Caxario, preserved in the Notarial Archives in Valletta. One of the functions of a legal notary is to maintain a register of legal deeds and contracts which can be consulted if the parties’ copies are lost or the parties disagree. On September 22, 1966, Dr (later Professor) ...


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He was the chaplain aboard the Vulcania, which carried the second group of Maltese migrants to Canada in 1948. According to Maltamigration.com: The chaplain on board was Fr Lawrence Bonavia who was later on to be appointed parish priest of the Maltese church of St Paul in Toronto. I found this link by searching for the name Bonavia along with 'Fingal' and '...


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'two-pointed' evokes a forked tongue. This creates a synthetic snake/ladder image, which should call to mind Genesis 3 - if the title did not do that already.


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I think "lie" means "untruth" here, but not about the wind, about the past. The poem starts: The past is like a cloud by the wind affrighted vanishing into air My interpretation: the past fades from our memory and we can't remember until we make up a story (a lie) about it, and incorporate it into a coherent narrative, that relates to ...


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