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A Minor Bird

Robert Frost's A Minor Bird interpretation and breakdown
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Jalen Lewis

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of A Minor Bird

A Minor Bird Robert Frost I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The Fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song. Literary Devices Imagery: Line 3
Alliteration: Line 8
Onomatopoeia: Line 3
Rhyme Scheme
Symbolism
Tone Interpretation The poem, at first glance, tells of an individual who is emotionally distraught being taunted by a light- hearted, carefree singing bird. After delving deeper, we can see the bird is a symbol in the poem. The Bird symbolizes joy and happiness in life, and the despondent narrator is too depressed in the opening of the poem to enjoy life again; but by its close finds Robert Frost Frost lived most of his life struggling with grief. clarity and learns
to cope. His mother, father, and sister all died when he was still very young. Later in his, he and his wife Elinor had six children; 4 of whom died early on and only one of whom outlived their father. Elinor would die shortly after. Biographical Information Frost was born in San Franciso in 1874 as a Scottish-American. The dark tone of some of his poems is said to come from his tragic family background. "Robert Frost." New World Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Robert_Frost>.
Citations Frost, Robert, and Robert Frost. Poems by Robert Frost. New York: New American Library, 1989. Print
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