Treasure Island

Robert Frost

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

A Question


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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Monday, July 18, 2011

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  • Ed Nigma (1/11/2014 5:27:00 PM)

    An answer, depends on the person you're asking Mr. frost =) Good stuff (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • * 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Katie Maloney (4/25/2006 7:17:00 PM)

    This is the best poem you have EVER wote.
    You are a fantastic poet and this is a wonderful poem!
    I love this poem so much I'm going to write it on my wall! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Vanderburgh (11/5/2005 6:56:00 PM)

    Four lines that evoke vivid images of suffering that in turn display the inevitable struggle of every long life. Beautifully said. (Report) Reply

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