A Roadside Stand Summary
The sonnet “A Roadside Stand “, formed by Robert Frost is about a little new shed in front of the rancher of his home on the edge of a street. A few a large number of vehicles speed past it. He wants to sell wild berries, squash, and different items and attempts to sell his items for cash and accepts that cash can give him a superior way of life as he found in the motion pictures.
Individuals in vehicles go past without giving a quick glance at his slow down. They accept that such gravely painted signs ruin the magnificence of the open country.
In case, a couple of vehicles halted. One of them wanted to take a U-turn. It came into the rancher’s yard and ruined the grass. One more vehicle halted to know the way. Also one of them halted as it required petroleum, however, it was very clear that the rancher didn’t sell petroleum.
The unfortunate town individuals had little acquiring. They have not seen a lot of cash. and lead an existence of destitution. It realized that a few decent practitioners intend to eliminate their destitution and intended to purchase their property on the side of the road to construct theaters and stores. They intend to move the residents into the town clustered together and wished to show them the manners in which that could change their great and solid propensities.
The writer feels very hopeless at the pitiable sufferings of the unfortunate town society. He even wanted all poor people to be discarded at one stroke to end their aggravation. Yet, he realizes that it is whimsical and vain. In this way, he wants that somebody frees him from his aggravation by killing him.
Question and Answer :
1. What is in the ‘news’ as mentioned in ‘A Roadside Stand’? (2015, 20)
Ans: It was in the news that the innocent rural flok would be brought out with all their belonging and settled in villages. They won’t have to think for themselves anymore as the so-called ‘good-doers’ will take care of them.
2. Why do the people who are running the roadside stand ‘ask for some city money’?(2015)
Ans: The people who are running the roadside stand ask for some city money to bring some changes and prosperity in their lives.
3. ‘Of the thousand selfish cars’ some stop there but not for buying something. Why do they stop there at all? (2016)
Ans: Contrary to the expectations of the poor farmers’ cars never stop by their roadside stands. If sometimes they do at all, it is only to use the yard to back and to turn round the car. Sometimes cars stop only to ask their way ahead or to ask for a gallon of gas(petrol).
4. Who will soothe the rural poor out of their wits and how? (2016)
Ans: Some cunning and selfish city people will soothe the rural poor out of their wits. They will swarm over their lives and earn money befooling them. They are cruel like flesh-eating wild animals and destroy the peace and sleep of the innocent rural folk.
5. What is being sold in the Roadside stand? (2017, 12)
Ans: Wild berril̥s and crook-necked squash and such other products are sold on the roadside stand.
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About the Author
Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. Known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early 20th century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes.
- Born: 26 March 1874, San Francisco, California, United States
- Died: 29 January 1963, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Spouse: Elinor Frost (m. 1895–1938)