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Allusion in After Apple-Picking

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"My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still..."   (Text of the Poem)

Frost possibly alludes to Jacob’s ladder from the Bible. According to Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob is cast out of Canaan by his mother Rebekah because his brother, Esau, intends to murder him. On his way to Haran, where he is supposed to hide and find a wife with whom to continue the lineage of Abraham, Jacob falls asleep at “a certain place” and begins to dream about a huge ladder that extends all the way up to heaven. He sees angels climbing up and down the ladder and the Lord, who stands at the top, tells Jacob that the land he is sleeping on will be given to him and his offspring.

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