The tone of After Apple-picking inspired the poem's topic. There are two distinct tones: joyful and sad ("After Apple-picking"). They combine to form the topic of life's ambitions and importance. The poem opens on a positive note. It feels joyous.
The first stanza describes how one person felt after coming home from apple picking. He feels happy and relaxed; nothing else matters in the world. Then, suddenly, he realizes that it's time to go back to work. Life goes on as usual even though someone important to him has left. The speaker knows this but chooses not to let it bother him. He is determined to enjoy himself despite the tragedy that has occurred.
In the second stanza, we see that everyone else is also having a good time. They don't worry about their problems, because they have more important things to think about. Some of them are even laughing or singing. This shows that life goes on for everyone else while the first stanza's speaker is alone with his thoughts.
In the third stanza, the speaker realizes that it's time to go back home too. But now he is filled with sadness. He thinks about his loved ones who have died (including his wife) and feels sorry that they won't be there to meet him when he gets back home.
The poet is in anguish. Because of the amount of apple-picking, there is a strain on fun. He is weary of the large crop he had hoped for. There are still 10,000 fruits to be touched. He feels that he has had enough of it and asks himself if he should not change his occupation.
"After Apple Picking" is a poem on the curtain that divides life and death, as well as the connection between death and sleep. Its central emblem, the apple, has long been associated with life in many cultures—the apple recalls the Norse golden apples of Idun, which the gods must consume in order to remain youthful and everlasting. The image of the apple also represents knowledge and immortality, as well as temptation and destruction. Thus, the apple picks us humans up and carries us away from death, while at the same time threatening to destroy us.
Other common symbols for "after apple picking" include: seeds for future growth, a wagon full of fruit trees, and a moonlit night.
The poem was written by Robert Burns in 1785 when he was 26 years old. He was born into poverty in the Scottish village of Ayr and died in debt and obscurity in Edinburgh at the age of 57. His parents were farmers and they had seven children. When he was only three years old his father was killed in a farming accident and his mother went to work to support her family. Despite these hardships, Burns grew up to be a renowned poet who wrote about the beauty of Scotland and its people. In addition to "After Apple Picking", he is known for poems such as "Auld Lang Syne", "To a Louse", and "To a Mouse".
The mood of the poem shifts. The bells are described in an upbeat and relaxing tone in the first two portions of the poem (I and II). This tone is conveyed with phrases like "merriment" and "crystalline joy." However, the tone shifts in Part III. There is a feeling of foreboding and doom that surrounds the speaker as he contemplates his own death.
There is also a sense that something is wrong with the world. Even though people are having fun, there is also violence and chaos around them. This idea is reflected in lines like "the air was full of cries" and "o'er ruined cities and dead nations."
Finally, the poem ends on a hopeful note. Although the speaker knows he will die young, he also knows that life continues after death. This concept is reflected in lines like "eternal joys shall be thine."
In conclusion, The Bells is a poem that covers a wide range of emotions in just over 200 lines. From happiness to sorrow, from tranquility to turmoil, William Wordsworth's work is important literature that everyone should read.
In 1915, Frost's second collection, North of Boston, included "After Apple-Picking." His debut book, A Boy's Will, had several short lyric poems on nature and country life. These poems established his reputation as an important poet who should be read by all students of American literature.
Frost was born in San Francisco but grew up in St. Louis. He went to Harvard University, where he met his future wife, Elinor Wylie. While still a student, he began writing poetry that was influenced by Robert Browning and Walt Whitman. In 1919, he received his bachelor's degree from Harvard. That same year, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he became friends with other prominent poets of the time, including T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Carl Sandburg.
During this period, he wrote many poems about nature and ordinary people living their daily lives. The next year, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 1923, he married Wylie, who died three years later after giving birth to a son. This loss inspired some of his most famous poems, such as "The Gift Outright" and "Home Burial".
Tone is conveyed through every aspect of a poem: imagery, connotation, even rhythm. Consider two poems about death. In a poem about poverty, the word choice will tint the meaning and reveal the poem's attitude towards the poor. A poem's rhythm can also contribute to its tone. For example, a funeral march is solemn and sad. An exuberant tune is fitting for a birthday party.
As with any form of art, tone is paramount to understanding and enjoying a poem. Poetry has many ways of expressing itself, from the simple to the sublime. What matters is that you listen to what it has to say to you.