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The Aim Was Song by Robert Frost
Transcript of The Aim Was Song by Robert Frost
The wind once blew itself untaught,
And did its loudest day and night
In any rough place where it caught.
Man came to tell it what was wrong:
It hadn't found the place to blow;
It blew too hard - the aim was song.
And listen - how it ought to go!
He took a little in his mouth,
And held it long enough for north
To be converted into south,
And then by measure blew it forth.
By measure. It was word and note,
The wind the wind had meant to be -
A little through the lips and throat.
The aim was song - the wind could see.
Robert Frost The Aim Was Song Paraphrase Rhythm/Meter/Scansion Iambic: Unstressed, Stressed
Tetrameter: 4 Syllable Pairs be/FORE/ man/ CAME/ to/ BLOW/ it/ RIGHT
The/ WIND/ once/ BLEW/ it/SELF/ un/TAUGHT,
and/ DID/ its/ LOUD/est/ DAY/ and/ NIGHT
in/ AN/y/ ROUGH/ place/ WHERE/ it/ CAUGHT. Before man learned to sing
the wind blew uninterrupted
it was loud all day and night
where ever it traveled
The man thought that was wrong:
He didn't know how to sing;
He blew really hard trying to sing
and listened to the wind to learn how
He took a breath of air,
and held his breath long,
and then blew the air out
The word that came forth sounded like a note
The breath had meant to be-
through his mouth and throat
the purpose was to sing, just like the wind Rhyme Scheme abab cdcd efef ghgh
Masculine rhyme at the end of 1st and 3rd line and at the end of 2nd and 4th line in each of the four stanzas
End rhymes Structure Rhymed Verse
Four stanzas with four lines in each
Same rhythmic pattern in each stanza
Iambic Tetrameter throughout entire poem
Uniform; exact; doesn't break the pattern
Effect: Wind appears natural, perfect, beautiful just like the structure. This poem flows well and feels peaceful, gentle, easy-going and natural. Tone Easy-going, Peaceful, Gentle
This tone is achieved through the use of Iambic Tetrameter and end rhymes throughout the poem which gives it a flowing, lyric like quality. THE END a Before man came to blow it RIGHT
b The wind once blew itself unTAUGHT,
a And did its loudest day and NIGHT
b In any rough place where it CAUGHT.
c Man came to tell it what was WRONG:
d It hadn't found the place to BLOW;
c It blew too hard - the aim was SONG.
d And listen - how it ought to GO!
e He took a little in his MOUTH,
f And held it long enough for NORTH
e To be converted into SOUTH,
f And then by measure blew it FORTH.
g By measure. It was word and NOTE,
h The wind the wind had meant to BE -
g A little through the lips and THROAT.
h The aim was song - the wind could SEE.