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Robert Frost’s “Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be The Same”

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Robert Frost's "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same" Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same is a poem by Robert Frost, which is a love poem along with being a perfect sonnet. It is about Eve, a Biblical creature who has come and left her own mark among birds. It tells a story in its words but also the sounds of its words and the way they play out and sound together.This sonnet by Robert Frost is different then all others because of its speakable tone, along with his cunning sounds. Because of the wonderful wording that Frost is able to use in "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same," it sounds more like a delectable short story than an actual rhyming and syllable patterned sonnet. The words that Frost uses in this poem are gentle but also firm. They speak to the reader and make it more of a dialect then a poem. The wording is more like something out of a story, like when he says "Admittedly," "Moreover" and "Be that as may be," it does not sound like a poem, but rather listening to somebody speak. This helps the poems atmosphere and makes its subject matter even more sensuous. Frost talks about Eve and her everlasting song. His poem is in many ways like the very song he is talking about. It has the phrasing, the stress patterns and great sentences sounds that make it more like a song that Eve would sing, rather then a poem written by a mortal. It has beautiful sounds that can affect humans just like Eve's song left its mark on the birds.Frost not only uses the meanings of words but the sounds and syllables of words and sentences. The way the poem sounds tells a story and gets across a feeling of Eve and her affect without even thinking of what any of the words mean. The poem is like a song and the shapes of his words are an entirely new form of oral communication. Frost uses the "music of the English verse" in his poem. It is the way the poem sounds that makes it what it is. He uses different shapes of words like "believe" with "Eve" and "round" with "oversound" unlike authors who would more likely stick to words with the same number of syllables. These words are not only a different number of syllables but also different parts of speech. While "believe" is a verb, "Eve" is a noun, and while "round" is an adjective, "oversound" is a noun. Even Frost says in his own words that sound is often more important than the actual words that are being used. "Remember that the sentence sound often says more than the words" (Frost.) "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same" is about Eve coming down into a garden for one purpose, to leave an imprint of herself in the songs of birds. The poem is supposable written by Eve's lover Adam. In the story of Adam and Eve, he reaches the garden first, so when she does come he can see how she changes the birds. Eve is Adam's heroin and he finds greatness in everything that she does. To him she is more than just a woman. The poem suggests that the birds hear Eve while they are singing. They may hear her...

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