The Most of It

Kelly Bruno: AP Literature: 2.2.7

“It is not its own love back in copy speech, But counter-love, original response.” (Line 7-8) Robert Frost’s poem “The Most of it” centers on the idea that people desperately want and need other humans’ contact. The speaker in the poem tries to get away to nature and find fulfillment, but ends up calling out for any response. He gets this reply in the form of a buck that is not very concerned with him and the speaker ends up with nothing he was looking for. Frost develops this main idea of human desire for contact by clever use of contrast, structure, and crafty titling.

The contrast between the speaker and the buck is striking and Frost intended it to be so. The speaker is very inactive; all he does is cry out, otherwise he spends time thinking and hoping. The buck bursts into the poem. He is described as crashing, splashing, pushing, and stumbling. The buck is physically powerful, while the man’s power lies with his mind.

“The Most of it” uses regular rhyming, and iambic pentameter which makes for a very even, firm rhythm. This very simple structure helps reinforce the main idea of the poem.   The final twelve lines are split from the rest into one long sentence and encourage the reader to speed up as the buck enters the poem. This writing makes the reader visualize the buck’s actions. The most outstanding part of this poems structure is the anticlimactic end which simply says “-and that was all.” (Line 20) The speaker does not get nearly what he wants from the buck, and the short ending brings both the speaker and reader quickly back to reality.

Possibly the most ingenious portion of this poem is the title. It truly embodies the central idea of the poem. “The Most of it” is what the speaker wants and cannot get from nature. He wants the most of life and that can only come from other people. Nature cannot fill the supportive role for humans.

The truth that “The Most of it” forces upon you is that satisfaction...