September 27, 2014
World Literature 2310-06
“Once By the Pacific” Response
In Robert Frosts, “Once By the Pacific” he makes it feel apocalyptic with the lines, “The shattered water made a misty din. Great Waves looked over others coming in, and thought of doing something to the shore that water never did to land before.” In line three Frost personified the water with, “and thought of doing something to the shore. . .” In the last line of the poem Frost writes, “Before God’s last Put out the Light was spoken.” Which clearly brings God and the Bible into the story, while line four says, “That water never did to land before.” Which ignores the flood story in the book of Genesis. Lines five and six say, “The clouds were low and hair in the skies, like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.” I believe this is a metaphor of the clouds hiding the face of the storm, like hair covers and hides the eyes which is said to be the window to a person’s soul. Lines eight and nine say, “The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff, the cliff in being backed by continent.” Which to me means that the shore is supported by having the cliff behind it, and the cliff is supported by the continent behind it, and I believe this is a metaphor for us having Jesus Christ supporting us and the power of God supporting and backing him. The rest of the poem, “It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage. There would be more than ocean water broken Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken.” To me is speaking of how the flood wiped out humanity the first time, but there will be another coming and this time it will be much worse. That the flood was nothing, and there is much more to come soon.
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