Robert Frost

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

Devotion - Poem by Robert Frost

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


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  • (11/24/2016 8:32:00 PM)


    (Devotion by Robert Frost.) **The poet seems to find the ocean's motion mesmerizing (spell bounding) . The poem is food for thought. (Report) Reply

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  • Mizzy ........ (9/7/2016 2:36:00 PM)


    Very smart piece of writing! (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (9/7/2016 10:30:00 AM)


    Brilliant with the words from heart. Brilliant with intelligence to mathemetise emotions.
    Great even today The genius Frost.......................................Unique.
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  • (9/7/2016 10:29:00 AM)


    Great thoughts in small poem of great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/7/2016 9:59:00 AM)


    What can be more than this devotion where thoughts cannot be measured by its depth. Profound thoughts in few words. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/7/2016 9:02:00 AM)


    So nice. Short and to the point. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2016 7:38:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem to read. Devotion is all about giving yourself and being open to receive. (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2016 7:27:00 AM)


    A great short poem with deep meaning. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/7/2016 1:51:00 AM)


    Life! Facing the facts along the line. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu (3/3/2015 3:46:00 PM)


    The silent partner.............. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 3:17:00 AM)


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

  • (10/26/2012 6:23:00 PM)


    Wow he painted a big picture and great concept in few words..fabulous! .. :) (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (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.'
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  • (9/20/2007 2:51:00 AM)


    great thought in this poem..... (Report) Reply

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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