I read the poem 'A Roadside Stand' by Robert Frost, and I have accumulated a few questions through the poem. So, I will be posting some questions from the same poem, if you can please answer my other questions as well. Thanks to all :)
Here you can read the whole poem. Below I have given the particular paragraph.
In the lines -
I wonder how I should like you to come to me And offer to put me gently out of my pain.
Robert Frost has used 'should'.
I have two questions here -
First, what does this sentence mean (in the sense of using 'should' here)?
Second, what would the sentence mean if he had used 'would' in place of 'should'? Like so -
I wonder how I would like you to come to me And offer to put me gently out of my pain.
Will it make a drastic change to the meaning of the sentence?
No, in country money, the country scale of gain,
The requisite lift of spirit has never been found,
Or so the voice of the country seems to complain,
I can't help owning the great relief it would be,
To put these people at one stroke out of their pain.
And then next day as I come back into the sane,
I wonder how I should like you to come to me
And offer to put me gently out of my pain.