by Robert Frost
interpreted by Peter Szewczyk [Chef-Chick]
when the snow of the year was beginning to fall,
stopped by a mountain pasture to say, "Whose colt?"
little Morgan had one forefoot on the wall,
other curled at his breast. He dipped his head
snorted at us. And then he had to bolt.
heard the miniature thunder where he fled,
we saw him, or thought we saw him, dim and gray,
a shadow against the curtain of falling snow.
isn't winter-broken. It isn't play
the little fellow at all. He's running away.
doubt if even his mother could tell him. 'Sakes,
only weather.' He'd think she didn't know!
is his mother? He can't be out alone."
now he comes again with clatter of stone,
mounts the wall again with whited eyes
all his tail that isn't hair up straight.
shudders his coat as if to throw off flies.
it is that leaves him out so late,
other creatures have gone to stall and bin,
to be told to come and take him in."
Poet: Robert Frost, key items to know:
Born in California, moved to New England
Published and sold his first poem in 1894
Did not make a living as a poet until 1914.
His poetry talks of simple things, many times related to nature.
Pulitzer prizes in
1924 for 'New Hampshire' (1923)
1931 for 'Collected Poems' (1930)
1937 for 'A Further Range' (1936)
1943 for 'A Witness Tree' (1942).
Named Consultant for Poetry for the Library of Congress in 1958
Congresstional Gold Medal in 1960
Vocabulary: Morgan- A breed of saddle horst
that originated in New England.
Type of poem: This poem is a combination of a lyric poem (
because it expresses the feelings of a speaker) and a form of dramatic
Speaker: The speaker of this poem is a group
of people, most likely a family, who is wondering out in the snow during
a winter evening.
Audience: The Runaway is adressed to the general audience.
This poem makes the reader think about the concience of the human mind.
Tone: The tone of this poem is clear. The
setting is dim and glum, and the mood (tone) of the speakers seems calm
and observant. The speakers of the poem are in no rush to get anywhere,
they are just calmly strolling through the fields.
Meaning: This poem is about a stranded little Morgan, that
is afraid of the snow, just looking for a place to hide. The Morgan (in
my opinion) symbollises the helplessness of people during times like the
depression, or even when Frost was just a novice poet. " Ought to
be told to come and take him in." (Frost 585) This clearly supports
the central theme of how people that are better off, will always lend
a helping hand to those that are struggling. During the course of Frost's
carreer, I am sure that one person, who was more successful at the time,
lended a helping hand to him.
Structure of poem: Although there are some
rhyme patterns throughout this poem, they are not consistant, so "The
Runaway" must be labled as a free verse.
Examples of poetic techniques used in the poem:
can't be out alone.
.....with clatter of stone."
a Shadow against the curtain of falling flakes.
shutters his coat as if to throw off flies.
doubt if even his mother could tell him, " Sakes, It's only weather"
thunder, whited eyes, etc.
Connection between the poem and the poet's life and/or
times: Frost's career was not always a smooth ride. During
the early stages of his career, his work was heavily critisized and thrown
aside. Running away from it all (mentally) was surely something that he
considered. Frost needed someone to take him in and get his work out into
the public's eyes. This colt is a young Frost, who just needs a spark
to start the blaze.
Most memorable quote from the poem: "Ought to be told
to come and take him in"
© Smelli Notes 2001