What is the theme of the poem "Love and a Question" by Robert Frost?

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The theme of a poem can be defined as its message to the reader. In the poem "Love and A Question," the speaker of the poem may be telling the reader that few decisions are straightforward, even ones that seem to feel right in the moment.

The bridegroom of the poem turns away a stranger looking for shelter, unwilling to share his intimate bridal space with someone he does not know. He decides that he cannot invite a stranger in while he and his wife are together because the stranger's presence will distract them from their love. Ironically, though the stranger is not physically present as the evening progresses, thoughts of the stranger interrupt the bridegroom as his conscience feels uncertain about his decision. The bridegroom has...

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