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"Frankenstein" and "Wind and Window Flower"
Transcript of "Frankenstein" and "Wind and Window Flower"
By: Omaima and Nikki
Frost was born in San Francisco, CA in 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr. died in 1885. Frost graduated from Lawrence High School in 1892 and attended Dartmouth College. He married Elinor White at Harvard University where he attended after leaving Dartmouth, but not receiving a formal degree. From 1906-1911, He was a English teacher at Pinkerton Academy. During his lifetime, Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry. Buried at The Old Bennington Cemetary, Frost died in 1963 in Bennington, Vermont.
Title: The poem made us think it will be about two people.
The connection between "Wind and Wind Flower" and "Frankenstein" is that life doesn't work the way you think it does. "Wind and Window Flower" is a short love poem between a boy and a girl where the boy likes the girl and when she finally realizes he has feelings for her, its too late because he's gone away. "Frankenstein" is about the monster created in search of love and friendship and figuring out that it is not that easy as it seems.
The connection between these two poems exist because both the monster in "Frankenstein" and the wind in "Wind and Window Flower" desire something they can't have. The wind cannot physically be with the flower that he wants and the monster is unable to be a normal part of society.
Wind and Window Flower
Lovers, forget your love,
And list to the love of these,
She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.
When the frosty window veil
Was melted down at noon,
And the caged yellow bird
Hung over her in tune,
He marked her though the pane,
He could not help but mark,
And only passed her by
To come again at dark.
He was a winter wind,
Concerned with ice and snow,
Dead weeds and unmated birds,
And little of love could know.
But he signed upon the sill,
He gave the sash a shake,
As witness all within
Who lay that night awake.
Perchange he half prevailed
To win her for the flight
From the firelight looking-glass
And warm stove-window light.
But the flower leaned aside
And thought of naught to say,
And morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away.
Paraphrase: Lovers stop what you are doing and listen to the love story of the wind (boy) and the window flower (girl). The window has defrosted. There was a caged yellow bird singing above the flower in a cage. The wind notices the flower through the window. the wind can't help but notice the flower. The wind has passed the flower but will return again at night.
Paraphrase(Cont.): The wind was a winter wind concerned with unloved things and not many people know what this the wind looked through the window he shook the sash and everyone who was awake that night said the wind might have won the flower from the glass and the warmth of window light but the flower leaned away with nothing to say and in the morning found out the wind had gone hundreds of miles away.
Connotation: The deeper meaning of the poem had to do with two lovers. The flower was the girl and the winter breeze was the boy. Flower for girl can mean the girl was feminine, warm, and dainty. The winter breeze for the boy meant he could have been, cold, swift, and stubborn. So what I get from this is that they weren't right for each other and so things just fell apart.
Attitude/Tone: The attitude in this poem is more towards heartbreak then love. But there is a sense of love in the tone. These two things loved each other, but it just wasn't meant to be. It makes the reader see hopelessness in their love life.
Shift(s): The shift isn't a major one but it goes from wanting to try to work things out to just having them go away.
Title: The title doesn't make you think it's going to be a love story right away. It may not technically be about love as the sense of happiness. It is love in misfortunate way.
Theme: The theme the poet is coming across to me is that like the wind, love is blind. But with the blindness comes many downfalls. Although this flower and winter breeze loved each other, they were not meant to be.