The unnamed male protagonist of the poem "Bereft" by Robert Frost finds himself on the porch of a house, facing the roaring ocean. He is troubled by the loneliness of his existence and the casual hostility of the natural world around him.
The word used for the poem's title is defined as the past tense of "bereave," meaning "to mourn." It also is an adjective that means "deprived." These definitions fit well with the poem's themes of isolation and loss. The narrator mourns the end of summer, a metaphor for the passage of time and life. The forces of nature, characterized by the leaves, are impersonal and hostile to him.