Saturday, June 10, 2017
"A Minor Bird" by Robert Frost
First there is this from Robert Frost:
I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;
Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.
The fault must partly have been me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.
And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.
Next there is this personal postscript:
I sense something more than a poet's thoughts on being annoyed by a bird's song in the four rhyming couplets of this poem. Beyond the literal meaning of the word, I sense the poet's awareness of his own isolation, depression, and hopelessness. As for myself, I have often in my own isolation and depression tried to ignore and blame others for my own problems. Yes, I realize that there is something very wrong and wasteful about that frame of mind. Perhaps no "song" by anyone else should be silenced, especially if the singer is simply being himself. In fact, if I were to open my heart and mind to others' songs, life might be better. Yes, life might be not be hopeless. Well, for me, that is the part of the message in this poem. Of course, I could be quite wrong about the four rhyming couplets. Tell me what you think.