Robert Frost

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

The Silken Tent - Poem by Robert Frost

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.

Comments about The Silken Tent by Robert Frost

  • (10/14/2018 4:25:00 PM)

    Please do not read the poem by a computer software! (Report) Reply

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  • Sumorsaet . (6/12/2018 8:05:00 PM)

    please get rid of this reader (Report) Reply

  • Sumorsaet . (6/12/2018 8:04:00 PM)

    what a terrible reading! (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2018 11:06:00 PM)

    Proofread, anybody? Try spellcheck, maybe? Come ON, idiot who put this up! Slightlest - means what? (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    ZWESOM POEM............................................... (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    AWESOM POEM................................................... (Report) Reply

  • (12/18/2017 7:51:00 PM)

    So beautiful a description of someone lightly tethered to the here and now. (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 10:09:00 AM)

    what is the summaray of poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2016 3:28:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem ruined, by a mechanical, computerized hag,
    Would that I could see her and put her head in a bag.
    But the voice lurks within a contraption of plastic and steel,
    (with some aluminium thrown in for good measure)
    And I know she isn’t real.
    But still, all the same, I like to get my hands around her virtual throat
    and squeeze it hard, the awful sounding goat.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2015 3:11:00 PM)

    .....beautiful poem...and nicely penned ★ (Report) Reply

  • Hadil Diaf (7/26/2015 1:11:00 PM)

    what a beautiful and well writen peom! You are definetely one of th best poets of all times! (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (8/3/2013 8:10:00 AM)

    Old Bob Frost can be quite bent
    With metaphors about a silken tent
    And talk of erect cedar poles
    What could these flowery words portend?
    He speaks of ties and bondage too
    And now he's going slightly taut
    Lookout for Bad Bob on the loose
    He'll try his luck 'ere he gets caught
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2012 6:55:00 PM)

    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... (Report) Reply

    (4/21/2018 4:32:00 PM)

    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.

  • (2/18/2010 11:04:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (7/21/2009 2:25:00 PM)

    Hi Brett -I'll have a go at answering your questions!
    1. 'As'and 'like' introduce a simile, so the first line is just that.A metaphor speaks of something in terms of something else, so the rest of the poem is a metaphor.
    2.The ropes or cords stand for her relationships.She does not feel obligated or constrained by others, so is able to act out of love, both for them and for life.
    3,4. The woman is secure in herself and does not depend on the approval of others.Frost might well be describing the kind of relationship that allows the full flowering of a loving personality.
    Good luck!
    She is able to realise her individuality and be wholly herself
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2008 11:02:00 AM)

    I love this poem, good memories. the comparison made the woman beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2007 1:15:00 AM)

    Hello everyone!
    I have four questions that I want to ask
    1.Is Frost's comparison of a woman and tent a simile or a metaphor?
    2.What does the ropes or cords indeed mean?
    3.Does the poet convey any sense of this woman's character? And what is the
    woman's character?
    4.Try to state the implied meaning of this poet!

    Thank you! !
    (Report) Reply

    (12/6/2017 8:36:00 AM)

    1. it is metaphor
    2.ropes or cords means her relationship
    3.the poet conveys the sense of women character and women is beautiful like silk but silk clothes are so thin that one can see someone's body and second thing is her affair with many people, it is clear that she is characterless women.

  • (1/24/2007 12:05:00 PM)

    Line 1 should be 'She is as in a field a silken tent'
    There are other mistakes in this on-line version
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  • (9/14/2006 5:44:00 AM)

    In my opinion Robert Frost has a brilliant imagination and his poems are deep rooted in spirituality. For example.. he attributes the qualities of a sensuous woman to a silken tent which has a tendency to be capricious but nevertheless is held back by firm cords to the ground just like a woman.
    The poem is extremely vivid and philosophical.. The comparison made is beautiful yet subtle.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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