The Cow in Apple Time
Greed, a primitive human emotion which reins over every facet of our worldly desires, furthermore has an established bestowment over our animal counterparts, in contrast, a cow. Robert Frosts poem, The Cow in Apple Time, begins with a premise of simplicity, the theme of greed. To make no more of a wall than an open gate, the cow blatantly shows an overt exhibit of ignorance to an analytical point of view, that we as humans have extended in virtually every culpable state of affairs, which is the expedition of why. As the poem moves on to divulge how profoundly the cow over indulges the apples and continues to devour them without being fond of tomorrow, it reveals how greed had a consequential outcome over the cow. From a scientific perspective, the fructose in apples has a tendency to make a cows milk sour, thus leading to the principal of becoming under par, which is unerringly what happened to the cow. Taken as a whole, I believe Robert Frost second-handedly used this poem as an admonition for the penalty of greed and as an enticement to reap the benefits of blind and ignorant exploration.
I believe that Robert Frost, appealed to his audience through a certain form of logos called rhetorical syllogism or an enthymeme, since it can be portrayed as an argument or warning in which some of the premises remain unstated or are simply assumed. Robert Frost left the poem with an open sentiment, which permitted the reader to either categorize it as a depressing or blissful poem. She bellows on a knoll against the sky. Her udder shrivels and the milk goes dry, from my perspective, I believe that Frost made this poem as a disheartening outlook on common experiences which internally gives the reader a forewarning on the ill effects of greed. I consider the cow as a representation of one of Robert Frosts personal experiences. Frost grew up in a rural area and in all likelihood, he trespassed into another farm where he over indulged on fruit and became sick, thus using the cow to exemplify his emotions.
Her face is flecked with pomace and she drools this quote reiterates the theme of greed found throughout the poem, which also shows how ignorant and hasty the cow can be. From a different perspective, the cow couldve known the ill effects of the fruit, but its only state of mind could of been instant gratification (like most Americans), lacking the sense to be fond of tomorrow. So it indulges in the fruit eloquently knowing the consequences at hand, which is eerily analogous to the decisions made by the vast majority of people. The same can be said for children with a colossal bag of candy or adults tempted by a bar full of alcohol; both know the consequences, but are willing to take the risk. The child may have a stomach ache the next day and the adult may be hung-over, because they chose the same decision as the cow, greed over logical reasoning.
Her udder shrivels and the milk goes dry, I believe Robert Frost used this line for a sense of symbolism. As fructose makes a cows milk sour, it doesnt essentially parch and shrivel the utter. I believe Robert Frost used the line to connect with his audience; people tend to overemphasize their pain and anguish especially when they brought it on themselves. The cow may have felt a sense of agony, but it most likely wasnt the real case scenario. Knowing this, Robert Frost was most likely able to get a subconscious reaction out of the reader, which inevitably allowed the reader to make a stronger correlation between his/her life with the context of the poem.
She runs from tree to tree where lie and sweeten. The windfalls spiked with stubble and worm-eaten. She leaves them bitten when she has to fly, I sense Robert Frost carefully deliberated the organization of this poem through a chain structure, because he wrote a set of interdependent points arranged according to their logical sequence: the conclusion of one becomes the premise of the next. Writing the poem in such a fashion creates other rhetorical/argumentative strategies known as inductive reasoning and indirect claims about consequence. The arguments that can proceed from this poem generate from the particular to the general, which contributes as inductive reasoning. Frost uses indirect claims about consequences in order to portray the universal theme of greed found throughout the poem.
Overall, Robert Frost was able to depict the theme of greed in a basic fashion and in a way that his audience can comprehend and relate to. I believe the cow represented one of his past experiences as a child being raised in a rural area. In addition, Frost used this poem as an admonition and as a demonstration for what consequences may come subsequent to the moment you resorted to making decisions off of ignorance and greed. With all the literary devices and rhetorical appeals that Frost used to his advantage, the reader is able to connect the poem to his/her personal life experiences. Taken as a whole, the reader should have an unambiguous understanding that they should not base any of their decisions off of ignorance and greed.