Self Made Notes on Robert Frost Gathering Leaves

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Gathering Leaves
Self-made notes
Stanza 1
* Autumn
* Collecting memories which are disorganized throughout the years * Reflecting himself
Stanza 2
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A bleak autumn’s day and all nature begins to die/grow duller -------------------------------------------------
Stanza 3
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The speaker gathers a lot of leaves and piles them up as a mountain, but it is hard to embrace/catch them. -------------------------------------------------
Stanza 6
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Men and nature, cyclical nature, is linked.
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* ‘’Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons’’
* There’s no big difference in using the spoon/spade to take up the leaves.

* ‘’Are light as balloons’’
* Simile (child-like and playful)

* ‘’Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer’’
* 1. ‘Rustling’ – Sound Imagery
* 2. ‘All day’ – i. Been collecting leaves all day
ii.The speaker is repeatedly doing the same mundane task
a) Hints a decaying fates
b) Monotony of life (routine, mundane)
* 3. ‘Like’ - The rustling sound of the leaves are like the sound of animals made while running on dry leaves. (Simile) * 4. ‘Rabbit and deer’ – It emphasizes the leaves are falling rapidly. And the speaker has to nonstop collect them. * ** The poet allows readers listen to the sound of fallen leaves.**

* ‘’Flowing over my arms
And into my face.’’
* Leaves are falling

* ‘’I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?’’
* 1. ‘I may load and unload’ – The speaker would continue to do it – shows tedious task of gathering leaves in a frustrated manner. * 2. ‘I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,’ – Life is stale. – The speaker does not get anything. * 3. ‘And what have I...
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