The Silken Tent Poem by Robert Frost

The Silken Tent

Rating: 3.1

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.

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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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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Andrew Hoellering 21 July 2009

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! Andrew She is able to realise her individuality and be wholly herself

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Brett Scott 06 April 2007

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! !

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