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Meeting and Passing by Robert Frost


"Meeting and Passing" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is a little bit hard to understand the true meaning of. What did Frost "pass" in the dust before he met the woman? Anyway, the poem is about how he met a woman and they spent a lot of time together having fun, however, she looked down and smiled and saw something in the dust that Frost put there.

This poem is written as one stanza. It is rhymed as ABBAABBCDEDEFF. It is a Shakespearean Sonnet.


Meeting and Passing

As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less that two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol
Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

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