The Line-Gang
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of the most celebrated American poets. This poem from a 1916 collection is about a group of workmen installing telephone and telegraph lines. Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the structure.

Topic(s): Realistic Fiction. Skill(s): Context Clues, Figurative Language. Genre(s): Poetry

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Here come the line-gang pioneering by.
They throw a forest down less cut than broken.
They plant dead trees for living, and the dead
They string together with a living thread.
They string an instrument against the sky
Wherein words whether beaten out or spoken
Will run as hushed as when they were a thought.
But in no hush they string it: they go past
With shouts afar to pull the cable taut,
To hold it hard until they make it fast,
To ease away––they have it. With a laugh,
An oath of towns that set the wild at naught
They bring the telephone and telegraph.

Comprehension Questions

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