Once by the Pacific

Robert Frost

Poetry Analysis

Allison Mielke

"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 before.

The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,

Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.

You could not tell, and yet it looked as if

The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,

The cliff in being backed by continent;

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."

Interpretation

Poems can be interpreted in many different ways. This is how I interpreted Robert Frosts' "Once by the Pacific".


The harsh and stormy weather is a symbol of God's rage. Saying that it "thought of doing something to the shore that water never did before." (lines three and four) shows the true extent of his anger. Along with the dark intent gives the whole essence of what God plans to do can result in the harm of humans. This is also backed up by the "before God's last Put out the Light was spoken." (line fourteen) which means when it is done there will be no light. That can only mean that the human race will be completely wiped out. This also really gives you the feeling or rage, for God to wipe out the entire human population means he has to be extremely upset. I assume that this poem is talking about Noah's Ark and when God flooded the earth. I assume this for the reason that is because in Genesis 9:11 God said "I will establish my covenant with you: all flesh will not be cut off any more by the waters of the flood, neither will there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth." therefor this would be about Noah's Ark and not a future event. To sum it all up I interpret this poem to be about God's rage with man for the evil they commit and floods the earth also known as the story of Noah's Ark.

Theme

God's anger

Rhyme

Imagery

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