Treasure Island

Robert Frost

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

Devotion


The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to ocean -
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: ocean, heart

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Devotion by Robert Frost )

Enter the verification code :

  • Kuba Jasinski (7/26/2012 5:34:00 PM)

    It is so great not due to its perfect form, but most through philosophical weight, truly wonderful in such a short piece. Ocean needs shore to its existence and vice versa, no ocean shore can exist without being boundary for the body of water. So what we have here is a relation of something and its complement. Quite unexpectedly poetry and mathematics meet in this poem. What can actually sound more abstract than the last two lines with curve of one position and endless repetition? Nothing could contrast more to devotion - a human quality.

    I admit it's just one face of it, but the better the poem, the more astray one goes analysing it. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Hoellering (12/28/2009 3:21:00 AM)

    Frost is able to capture so much in just a few words.
    ‘Shore to ocean’ is a most effective metaphor, its static quality brilliant enhanced by the waves implied in the last line of the poem.
    The constancy and reliability suggested here is implicit in the phrase ‘for better or worse, for richer or poorer’ as it is also present in Hamlet’s ‘this above all, to thine own self be true.' (Report) Reply

  • Margot Anderson (11/12/2006 2:02:00 PM)

    There's a really neat sculpture outside the Burbank Branch of the Portland Public Library (Portland, ME, that is) in tribute to this poem. Check it out if you're in town. (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

New Poems

  1. Birth is a bubble burst with death., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  2. Not love alone, hasmukh amathalal
  3. The friends, gajanan mishra
  4. Elegy: In Coherent Light, Anne Stevenson
  5. Elegy, Anne Stevenson
  6. I feel her, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Call a day, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Feeling Free Within, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. ELAINE'S CONFUSION, Terry Collett
  10. *X*- To Love, Leslie Guylee Cron

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Lord Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]