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Images And Imagery In Robert Frost's Wind And Window Flower

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Imagery in Robert Frost's Wind and Window Flower

After reading this poem by Robert Frost, I was left with many different ideas about this work. I believe one could take this poem in a literal sense to actually be about a window flower and the wind. I also believe, however, that this poem perhaps has a bit of a deeper meaning.

Looking first at the poem in a literal sense, the story is told of a lonely window flower that is sitting on a window sill, and the image is that the flower is looking out the window. It is cold outside, and the frost on the window has melted just enough for the flower to see out. In line 7 of the poem, the flower is compared to a caged yellow bird, to give the reader a sense that the flower feels trapped, perhaps wishing to be outside. Line 9 of the poem goes on to talk of how "he marked her through the pane". "He" refers to the wind, and how the flower could feel him through the "pane". The use of "pane" is also interesting here and made me think about the "pain" that the flower felt at not being able to be free to fly with the wind. I believe the wind represents a sort of "fly by night" (no pun intended) type of love, as throughout the poem he comes and goes as he pleases, constantly leaving the flower to wonder when he will return. In the fourth stanza of the poem, Frost describes the wind to be concerned with "ice and snow, dead weeds and unmated birds, and little of love could know." These few lines made me think that it was love for the flower, but just a passing fancy for the wind. It was as though the flower was something to merely pass his time, and it was inevitable that he would fly on to something else. Reading further, however, it seems as though the wind wants to take the flower with him. In line 21, " Perchance he half pervailed to win her for the flight". But the end of the poem seems to make me think that although the flower had the opportunity to go with the wind, she knew what kind of life it would be if she...

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