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By Robert Frost
Robert Frost talks about the concerns of human tragedies and fears, his reaction to the complexities of life and his ultimate acceptance of his burdens. In this poem, Frost describes the miserable condition of poor, rural people. The govt and other out but actually do them no good. The city folk who drive through the country side hardly pay any head to the roadside stand or the people who run in. If at all they do, it is to complain - Forest presents the life of the poor deprived people with pittyless clarity and with the deapest sympathy and humanity.

A little old house on the road continuously. The house owner did not set up the shed for a dole of bread (livelihood or sustenance) but for some extra money, they could get out of people who stopped there.

Very few people cared to stop there. If anyone stop there, he felt irritated to find the landscapes spoiled by the clumsy paint the building or wrong directions given with signs ‘N’ and ‘S’ turned upside down.

The roadside shed sold things of daily use like will berries or golden vegetable with hole use like wild berries or golden gourds or peaceful landscape paintings. The poet is worried about hopes and expectations of the poor farmers family who wants ready cash to progress and expand and also to lead the kind of life promised by the moving pictures. However these are distant dreams of the govt. indifferent to the demands of the rural poor. There is a rumor that these farmers would be bought out and rehabillated close to city next to the theatres and stores and where they won’t have to think for themselves anymore. The greedy people will exploit them pretending to be generous where as in effect they will destroy them and will control their lives. The poet feels the helplessness of the people running the stand. Their vain wait for prospective customers, their sorrow when no one turns up, a revival of hope when someone stops – all these bother the poet.

But one person stops only to use the yard for backing the car or turning around. Another to ask for a gallon of gas which is not sold there. No one ask about the fate of the farmers or what price they are getting for the produce.

The life of the rural poor is very desperate for the circulation of money is almost negligible and hence development and progress slow. The rural poor remain depressed and their miserable life is worse than death. The poet wants to put them out of pain – at one stroke. He feels that they would be as relief as himself if someone cared to relieve their burden. Yet when sanity returns, the poet feels that like himself the farmer who is man of self respect would rather bare his burden than accept charity from others.

Q.1. What is the complaint of those putting up the road side stand to the city dweller?

Ans. Those putting up the road side stand complain about the hurt to the landscape and their temperance with the scenario beauty of the nature. The city dwellers do not pay heed to them and buy anything from them.

Q.2. What is the plea of the people who had put up these roadside stand?

Ans. The Folk who had put up the road side stand plead pathetically for some for some customers to come as they wanted to earn some money from them. They hoped that the city folk who passed their way would stop by and buy something from them. They are trying to sell whatever they can to improve their miserable lives. The poet and the entire miserable lot earnestly desire to rise and ensure their development. 

Q.3. What is the childish longing of the poet? Why is it in vain?

Ans. The poet thinks that the people running the roadside stand suffers from the childish longing of expecting customers. They become sad when no one turns up. They are always waiting to hear the squeal of the brakes, the sound of the stopping cars, but all their efforts go in vain, since there is no one so benevolent to pull them out of their sufferings.

Q.4. What is the attitude of the poet towards the greedy good doers and why is it so?

Ans. The poet condemns the good doers for they actually take away the villagers freedom to think for themselves. They force benefits on them which lures them to doing nothing and destroy their peace of mind and their lives.
He criticizes them for exploiting the villagers for their own gain.

Q.5. What different attitudes do the city dweller play toward the country people?

Ans. The city dwellers are indifferent towards the plight of the country people and ignoring their stand selling goods. They get irritated with them for spoiling the landscape with their sign board. They also exploit them for their selfish gain and use them to meet their own vested interests.

Q.6. What are the two occasion in the poem where the rural folk expressed their anger with the city elite?

Ans. The country people get angry with the city elite do not pay heed to their grief despite having money. They do not buy any of their goods. The second time is when a car stops and asks for gas which they obviously do not have but does not ask the prices of what they are actually selling.

1. Earnestly = Modestly

2. Benevolent = Kind

3. Condemns = Dislikes / hates

4. Vested Interests = Selfish Motives

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