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The Aim Was Song Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 1419

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New Hampshire1923Before man to blow to right

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.


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Great poem about how Frost wants to keep poetry - simple.

| Posted on 2012-09-14 | by a guest

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Robert Frost wrote, “The Aim was Song” to theorize the way poetry evolved from a powerful unstructured entity to a very controlled and measured “song”. This poem is written in iambic tetrameter with an alternating quatrain rhyme scheme; the very formal structure is important considering his poem is about the emphasis on structure, rhyme and meter in modern poetry. The way wind is used to symbolize poetry suggests a natural and uncontrollable element in poetry. Frost wants to say how prose can be powerful, as supported by the first stanza in which wind used to be loudest anytime in any place. The way wind is personified, as a student is odd in which wind shouldn’t be controlled and taught in the first place. By changing the way wind blows may suggest poetry is better left as prose, or at least as literature that shouldn’t have so much emphasis on tedious details.

| Posted on 2010-12-13 | by a guest

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it's robert frost saying that he prefers to stick to regular metrical patterns in poetry rather than the more modern and, for lack of better word, anarchic prose poetry and free verse.

| Posted on 2010-04-11 | by a guest

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I think Robert Frost has a badass name; I mean, who in teh world calls their kid Frost!? His parents must've, like, been magicians or something. I bet you Robert Frost can shoot ice and what-not at his enemies and stuff. Man, he is a real American Rambo. Peace, bitches.

| Posted on 2010-03-30 | by a guest

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My analysis is through the eyes of the wind, it is how man took the air into his mouth and used it for what it had never originally meant to be, "melody". (Man came to tell "it", the wind, what was wrong)...This tells how man took the breath or air... inhaled it in his throat and blew it out through his lips....known to us as "whisteling"...(how is melody created?) "by measure, it was word and note." Thus, man said to the wind...this is what you were meant for, ... "MELODY"...the sound of music.
L.S. James

| Posted on 2010-03-11 | by a guest

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"And held it long enough for north
To be converted into south" could mean the spread of the norths ideals to the south. the wind could be a metephore for the anti-slavery beilief that was held by the people of the north.

| Posted on 2010-02-28 | by a guest

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I believe that this is man teaching the wind how to sing, turning rough gale into pleasant breeze.

| Posted on 2010-02-07 | by a guest

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I agree with the second comment, however I don't believe that the two forces were equal in the process. Man seems to still play a more commanding position in the relationship, as we see in the final line "The aim was song--the wind could see." This line makes it sound as if the wind is still sitting on the side watching, as man contorted the wind into something beautiful, but it feels powerless to reproduce the results man achieved.

| Posted on 2009-04-28 | by a guest

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i love this poem it is an extremely complex poem and everyone analyzes it in a different manner. Fantastic!!!

| Posted on 2008-04-06 | by a guest

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I believe this to be robert frost's interpretation of how poetry came to be in a mythical tale.
it seems as if wind a pure raw energy was blowing itself all over the place and man came to half way tame it so that the mixture between man and wind created song (poetry)
it does not sound as if the man is proud, or as if the wind is critical of him, it feels more like the man and the wind became one, and as allies they created the first song.
I especially liked the bit about holding a little in his mouth ong enough for north to be converted to south and then lowing it forth by measure, it sou ds almost like a wine tasteing, or an opera.

| Posted on 2008-02-01 | by a guest

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i think it is describing how man is meddling with nature and that originally it could function perfectly but man wanted the wind/nature to do his work-singing.

Man came to tell it what was wrong:
It hadn't found the place to blow;
It blew too hard -- the aim was song

this is describing how man was criticing the winds work and it had just said it caught in any rough place saying that is was always singing or at least howling and man just thinks it is wrong now.

And then by measure blew it forth.By measure. It was word and note,
The wind the wind had meant to be --

measure- like the measures in a piece of music. the wind the wind had meant to be. tricky maybe to understand the wind was trying to be the same wind that man had produced-song.

| Posted on 2006-05-11 | by Approved Guest

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