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After Apple-Picking is a notable literary work by Robert Frost. A complete discussion of this literary work is given, which will help you enhance your literary skills and prepare for the exam. Read the main text, key info, Summary, Themes, Characters, Literary Devices, Quotations, Notes, to various questions of After Apple-Picking.


After Apple Picking” is a wonderful poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963). Throughout the poem, Frost tries to depict rural England. This poem is mainly written about the speaker’s subsequent experience of picking apples.

One day, the speaker goes to the apple orchard with a ladder and a cask. He put up a ladder and plucked many apples from the tree. Then he started loading the cask. According to him, he has collected about ten thousand apples. There are still many apples to be picked. But he is feeling very tired. His eyes are closing with sleep, and he passes out in a daze. He sits under a tree to rest.

Then, it seems to him that the apples are lying in front of his eyes, and the whole environment is mysterious. He then remembered that he was drinking one day and picked up an ice cube from the glass and tried to look through it. As vague as that seemed, so were his immediate surroundings right now. He could not free himself from the thought of Apple.

He becomes drowsy and dreams. He sees big apples moving around him. He also sees apples growing from flowers, falling from trees, and accumulating in barrels. In his sleep, he wonders whether it is the normal sleep of a tired man or hibernating like a woodchuck. Here, hibernation is compared to death.