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Nice post.

for Frost death is a fact of life

I think this is true. By the time this was written, he had already seen both of his parents die (one to TB another to cancer) and two of his own children die. I think death was certainly something that was part of his life.

I would suggest bringing in another poem and talking about it while we continue with "Mowing." "After Apple Picking" is probably my favorite Frost poem:

I think it would work well with this "Mowing" discussion--its another poem that is all about labour and death. It comes out of Frost's second book of poetry, North of Boston. Note the language change in the stuff from this book. Little more colloquial and conversational with less traditional poetic syntax and diction.

I am curious about this part in particular:

One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.

Especially "Were he not gone." I know it directly refers to the woodchuck in the next line, but the way line stands alone by itself, with a comma after it to give pause, I can't help but think of his son Elliot who had died a few years earlier. Is this what is troubling his sleep? Any thoughts??

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