Schatzie Speaks (author) on November 05, 2012: Thank you for reading and commenting. This weariness is shown by the use of multiple one-syllable words that slow down the pace of the line that ends with a long stressed word, “now”. The next five lines, end rhymed mnnmo, describe the resolve to cease picking apples. The last four lines of the previous section describe the pane of ice, through which the speaker looked, as distorting his vision. The abruptness of their emphasis simulates falling apples with each accented syllable. Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall. The speaker feels tired. In contrast, in these last lines the repetition of words link subsequent lines together, still alluding to a sense of repeating torment the speaker is experiencing, although of a physical nature that is slightly less troublesome than the previous mental torment, which was signaled by more intense repetition. The speaker tells that his long ladder still stands ‘sticking through a tree’, rising high toward heaven. In these last three lines, “keeps” of the fifth line is repeated in the sixth, and “ladder” in the sixth line is repeated in the seventh line of this section. The poem is, in fact, absorbed with states between not only of winter sleep, but of all similar areas where real and unreal appear and disappear. The speaker sees even the most tiny apples and their colours clearly in the dream. Check out some of my attempts if you will but you will find no mathematical consistency--total right brain and passion. Moreover, themes like Life, Death and the Fall of man are treated by Frost in After Apple-Picking through a number of systems. The word “sleep” is repeated throughout these last lines, twice in the second line, once in the fifth, and at the end of the sixth, the end of the poem. The first line of this section, comprised solely of single syllable words which slow down the progression of the line, as well as containing long vowel sounds in “for” and “too”, shows that the speaker has reached the level of exhaustion and has worked too long and hard, or “too much”. His sleep may be troubled by the thought or awareness of the reality which has been ignored in the dream. That means, the task of apple-picking is incomplete. While falling asleep he recollects the sense of strangeness that was experienced by him at the right he saw in the morning by looking through a sheet of ice which he had picked up from his drinking vessel (trough). It’s always lovely to get positive feedback. Of special interest is the description of ‘magnified apples’ and ‘every fleck of russet showing clear’ Physical states like fatigue and drowsiness, and mental states and experience like the sense of strangeness of the right seen through a sheet of ice, are nicely depicted by the poet. By the end of the fifth line this thought concludes, and in the sixth the tone slows down again with a weary claim that what is undone will remain undone. The sleep may be a simple sleep or the sleep of death. My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree. The short length and therefore abrupt ending of the end-paused second line, creates emphasis on the ending word “still”. You seem to have a great interest in Mr Frost's line endings! The poem, After Apple-Picking, begins with the expression of the thoughts of the speaker, an apple-picker, after a day of apple-picking. The beginning “f” sound in “fall”, which ends the preceding line, is carried to the first word “for” in the first line of this section, and “all” in this first line also rhymes directly with “fall”, linking both words to the concept of the falling apples. Included in the volume North of Boston, it is chiefly neither a narrative poem in blank verse nor a dramatic dialogue as most of the poems in this volume are. This pattern is continued in the following four syllable line of single syllable words, adding an element of choppiness that continues to imitate the sound of dropping apples, as well as containing the phrase “struck the earth”. The poem amply reveals the poet’s power of describing objects and scenes realistically and sensuously.