The Silken Tent Poem by Robert Frost

The Silken Tent

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She is as in a field a silken tent
At midday when the sunny summer breeze
Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,
So that in guys it gently sways at ease,
And its supporting central cedar pole,
That is its pinnacle to heavenward
And signifies the sureness of the soul,
Seems to owe naught to any single cord,
But strictly held by none, is loosely bound
By countless silken ties of love and thought
To every thing on earth the compass round,
And only by one's going slightly taut
In the capriciousness of summer air
Is of the slightlest bondage made aware.

The Silken Tent
Joseph Holding 15 May 2012

Discussed this poem in an English A-Level class last year and it was utterly condemned. In a world blessed with the existence of sunsets and mountain ranges, Frost chooses to express the sentiments of a woman through the metaphor of a tent. Wonderful...

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francesca 21 April 2018

The tent has been one of civilization's oldest forms of shelter. The book of Isaiah in the Bible has many beautiful metaphors involving tents. I admit I'm surprised that these didn't come up in such an advanced English course.

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joe 08 September 2022

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Juja Pan 18 February 2010

The pole is her character the ties are the rules that keep the pole standing upright. Though, they are only to hold the cedar pole in place during trying times she stands straight usually. Her character is sheltered. The wood is polished and beautiful, and it holds up the tent which would be a household or family perhaps a network of friends that protect the inside from the elements perhaps protecting the next generation of tent poles. Really a beautiful poem.

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Mr Big E 08 September 2022

nice poem and it has alot of s sound in it.

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appalled 13 August 2020

I just can't even believe that people who value poetry would post video of it being read dead flat by a robot.

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