After Apple Picking

After Apple Picking

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  • The apple tree, apples, ladder and buckets around the tree is the literal meaning. The metaphoric meaning is much deeper though. 
  • Metaphorically the apples are his desires, the tree is his life, the ladder is a staircase to heaven and the long sleep is death.
  • Some people desire money, love or happiness. All people have desires. 
  • His desires are always popping up and coming into his head just like the apples are, but he will not be able to accomplish all of them. 
  • In the poem it says that the arch of his foot hurts from being on the ladder. If the ladder is like a staircase to heaven then he could be holding on to life because he has been on the ladder for so long. 
  • Another literal meaning can be that sometimes you get tired of doing things. The author has been apple picking so many times that he is tired of it. 
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