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The Tuft Of Flowers Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 2818

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A Boy's Will1913I went to turn the grass once after one

Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.The dew was gone that made his blade so keen

Before I came to view the levelled scene.I looked for him behind an isle of trees;

I listened for his whetstone on the breeze.But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,

And I must be, as he had been,--alone,"As all must be," I said within my heart,

"Whether they work together or apart."But as I said it, swift there passed me by

On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly,Seeking with memories grown dim over night

Some resting flower of yesterday's delight.And once I marked his flight go round and round,

As where some flower lay withering on the ground.And then he flew as far as eye could see,

And then on tremulous wing came back to me.I thought of questions that have no reply,

And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;But he turned first, and led my eye to look

At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared

Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared.I left my place to know them by their name,

Finding them butterfly-weed when I came.The mower in the dew had loved them thus,

By leaving them to flourish, not for us,Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him,

But from sheer morning gladness at the brim.The butterfly and I had lit upon,

Nevertheless, a message from the dawn,That made me hear the wakening birds around,

And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground,And feel a spirit kindred to my own;

So that henceforth I worked no more alone;But glad with him, I worked as with his aid,

And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech

With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach."Men work together," I told him from the heart,

"Whether they work together or apart."


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the poems pastoral elements of freshly cut hay, a reedy flowing brook and the erratic movements of an exploratory butterfly helps prompt reader discovery that an absent reaper has fortuitously triggered a sense of renewal in another

| Posted on 2015-12-09 | by a guest

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tuft of flowers focus on the main themes of manual labor and self knowledge through nature. Through partaking in this manual labor it has been made possible for the persona to find out more about himself.
Frost uses the motif of the butterfly in order to draw the persona's eye to the flowers.

| Posted on 2015-07-22 | by a guest

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I think that in this poem, Frost is adressing the need to be attentive to others, be helpful to others, to better help yourself, be attentive to those around you and have a positive attitude. My main reason for this analysis is the lines \"Finding them butterfly weed when I came.; The mower in the dew had loved them thus; by leaving them to flourish, not for us.\" In this passage I think that Frost was saying that the mower left the flowers for the benifit of the buterfly, not for himself or his own indulgences, but to bring joy to the butterfly. The turner then recognizes this act of pure kindness and no longer feels lonely, for before he was wanting of company. After he realizes the selflesness of the mower, he becomes more aware of the good that is surrounding him, and that even though he is working alone to finish a job, he is working for the benifit of someone else as well as for his benifit; it\'s not just a job. Everyone is working together, even if they are alone, everything is connected, and good can be brought from any situation.

| Posted on 2013-01-15 | by a guest

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I think Frost uses this poem to explore the common similarities to be found in all men. Despite all the ways we think we are unique, or alone, or different there are these small, or large, commonalities that break through all of the murkiness that we often use to separate ourselves from others.

| Posted on 2012-12-06 | by a guest

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Robert Frost comments on the metaphysical connection people may attain through a shared belief/ideal, such as through a simple appreciation of nature\'s beauty (flowers). Further, he uses this to create a sense of irony a he explores a certain naivety which people often fall victim to, believing themselves to be \'disconnected\' or \'alienated\', finally contradicting this with the final two lines of the poem.

| Posted on 2012-08-08 | by a guest

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However far away a person might be there is always going to be something that reminds you of him or connects him with you, like common interests, liking, favourites ,etc. Here, The Tuft of flowers creates a bond between R.F. and THE MOWER who has finished his work and left the scene. R.F. sees that the mower likes the flowers which might have given him pleasure and takes the loneliness away from him (probably reminds him of someone) while working alone. Now, when R.F. sees these flowers while he too was working alone and the feelings of the mower towards the flower is transferred to him, making him feel no longer lonely. Infact he felt that the mower was working just beside him. The butterfly here is a very important messenger. it took his attention and showed him the flowers which then brought about the transfer of feelings between the mower and himself. The butterfly, here, lost some flowers of \"yesterday\'s delight\" but he finds th tuft of flowers and shares the view with R.F. Here, there is some kind of optimmism and sharing and caring, though it is not highlighted. There might be some connection between the \"withereing flower\" and his personal life which had lots of losses of loved ones. he might be personifying butterfly with himself. there is also an irony in this poem. R.F. says at first that Men work alone whether they work together or apart, meaning that even if they are very close and connected in the work ,the workers will have their own fields in their work which might connect each others work but the still have to work alone in their field...but later he shifts, saying that men work togehter whether they work together or apart which means that they all work together aiming for the same goal and interest. This is the main irony of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-08-05 | by a guest

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maybe he means no matter how bad things are there is always something worth living for.

| Posted on 2011-05-26 | by a guest

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Response to comment 2005-06-16
Sorry man, I don\'t wanna sound like im dumping on your answer, but Frost wrote this poem before all those shitty things happened to him.
At this stage of his life, I doubt he ment the poem to have any personal meaning

| Posted on 2010-10-02 | by a guest

.: review of tuft of flowers :.

tuft of flowers exemplifies robert frosts true meaning of the world of friendship and alienation, this poen is written in strict verse and is key to frosts persona, frost once said "writing without structure is like playing tennis without a net", frost seems to be in the kind of aristocratic nature of life, in comparison to someone such as walt whitman who writes in free verse and is a writer from the people, for the common people. frost seems to wonder in his poem why the whole garden has been flattened whereas this tiny piece of flowers has been left, this shows how frost believes that it is very homosexual.

| Posted on 2006-02-15 | by Approved Guest

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This poem is a paradoxical one, namely in the last lines. The fact that "men work together, whether they work together or apart" is literally paradoxical because of its contradictory implications regarding the actual physical and "spiritual" existence of people.
What Frost means in this poem is the following:
In order to feel the presence of another individual, it is not necessary for that individual to be physically present at the time, rather only his presence in your heart is what matters.
This poem can be interpreted biographically, considering Robert Frost's difficult life. He suffered the losses of many of his loved ones, and may have written this poem as an outlet in order to express his true feelings. Even though his family members were deceased, he still remembers them in this poem in spirit.

| Posted on 2005-06-16 | by Approved Guest

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