Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

A Question - Poem by Robert Frost

A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.


Comments about A Question by Robert Frost

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/11/2015 9:27:00 AM)

    The question contains the Answer our actions and deeds that imprints on earth is the debt paid of our birth, very strong and giving a message that all must pay the debt of own birth with virtue and action unto human kind ... (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,312 Points Godfrey Morris (2/22/2015 8:11:00 PM)

    A worthy question indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,213 Points Mark Arvizu (2/12/2015 9:20:00 AM)

    It was worth it.......... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,903 Points Patricia Grantham (11/13/2014 11:08:00 AM)

    I believe that everyone was born for a purpose. We
    must all live life to the fullest and play an important
    part in it. Very thought provoking. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/14/2014 2:31:00 PM)

    I loved this poem.Short yet lucid.Makes us ponder upon the essence of life :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:57:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,730 Points Ramesh Rai (12/22/2013 4:27:00 AM)

    Heavely words landed through the pen of great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 992 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/2/2013 4:21:00 AM)

    when I look up at the stars
    I often have only one question to ask
    Why the hell am I down here
    And for what blessed holy task...?

    All Ye poets reading this welcome to my page (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Sasha Ioffine (10/2/2013 4:20:00 PM)

    Very much alike to what Rousseau said: Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anya Hessionmuir (8/21/2013 6:44:00 AM)

    Like if you like chocolate cake (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jennifer Anderson (7/28/2013 8:56:00 PM)

    Prices are down lolz I downvoted u nobz (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 38 Points Cambridge Keenan (7/14/2013 11:07:00 PM)

    life has a cost...freedom is not free...great poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ian Holt (4/18/2013 11:36:00 AM)

    If you believe God is also metaphorical-a personification of nature, if you will-including our inner nature-then for me the poem becomes even more poignant. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mark Jensen (1/4/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    The phrase soul-and-body scars is thought-provoking. By hyphenating, Frost makes a single category of sufferings that are usually considered separately. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,965 Points * Sunprincess * (10/25/2012 10:38:00 PM)

    the question is would you rather have had life or rather not..
    not only pertains to you but also the question is for any life..
    I would have to say yes..even knowing it is for a specified
    time and who really wants to live forever..your body would
    only fall apart eventually..so the best thing to do is enjoy
    life..you may not get another one..of course you may if
    God so wishes. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dao Nguyen (9/22/2012 3:59:00 AM)

    This poem is a hypothetical question. Its left for the reader to make their own interpretation of it. Just like life everybody has a different way of seeing it. To me this poem means all the scars and sorrows don't measure up to the great gift of like. God gave us the gift of life and freewill. It is up to us make our own happiness. Even there are terrible experience to not take it for granted cause the gift of life outweighs all the stress and sorrows. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bahrain Poet (2/20/2012 1:29:00 AM)

    This is God's inspired word through Robert's poems that resonates with us knowingly or unknowingly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anusri Vashistha (7/18/2011 8:53:00 AM)

    I always fail to understand how Robert Frost managed to pen down so many gems. He is a genius. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tai Chi Italy (10/5/2007 4:14:00 AM)

    What a question? Probably one of the hardest to answer in the cosmic world. Not sure if any of us could give an honest answer till the end but I am verging on Yes at the moment. I still don't know what's ahead, but the joys have been balanced with the terrible whippings thus far. Tai, hoping to even the score. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hannah Rochau (6/10/2007 7:40:00 PM)

    This poem is such a great example of the beautiful simplicity found in many of Frost's poems. I love it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, July 18, 2011


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