“Absent-spirited” (7) is coined from the common word absent-minded. What denotations of “spirit” are relevant here?

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The speaker in Frost's poem is somebody who is deeply acquainted with loneliness. Indeed, he stipulates at the end of the poem that no matter how lonely the world around him may feel, this does not frighten him, because his own "desert places" already contain still greater degrees of loneliness.

When he uses the descriptor "absent-spirited," the speaker says that he is too much this way "to count." This means that his spirit, or soul, is not currently very present or detectable; it is not weighty...

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