Robert Frost's 'Two Tramps in Mud Time' - An indiv

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Robert Frost\'s \'Two Tramps in Mud Time\' - An individualistic


On the surface, "Two Tramps in Mud Time" seems to display Robert Frost\'s narrow individualism. The
poem, upon first reading it, seems incongruent, with some of the stanzas having no apparent
connection to the whole poem. The poem as a whole also does not appear to have a single definable
theme. At one point, the narrator seems wholly narcissistic, and then turns to the power and beauty
of nature. It is, however, in the final third of the poem where the narrator reveals his true
thoughts to the reader, bringing resolution to the poem as a single entity, not merely a
disharmonious collection of words.

At the outset of the poem, the narrator gives a very superficial view of himself, almost seeming
angered when one of the tramps interferes with his wood chopping: "one of them put me off my aim".
This statement, along with many others, seems to focus on "me" or "my", indicating the apparrent
selfishness and arrogance of the narrator: "The blows that a life of self-control/Spares to strike
for the common good/That day, giving a loose to my soul,/I spent on the unimportant wood." The
narrator refers to releasing his suppressed anger not upon evils that threaten "the common good",
but upon the "unimportant wood". The appparent arrogance of the narrator is revealed as well by
his reference to himself as a Herculean figure standing not alongside nature, but over it: "The

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