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Love And A Question by Robert Frost

Analysis

"Love And A Question" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is about a bridegroom and bride shortly after their wedding. A man comes and asks if he can stay for the night. The bride and groom are then both a bit iffy about the circumstance. In the meantime, the man, was of course, was making their time together uncomfortable.

This poem is written as four stanzas with eight lines in each. It is rhymed as ABCBDEBE.

Poem

Love And A Question
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A stranger came to the door at eve,
And he spoke the bridegroom fair.
He bore a green-white stick in his hand,
And, for all burden, care.
He asked with the eyes more than the lips
For a shelter for the night,
And he turned and looked at the road afar
Without a window light.

The bridegroom came forth into the porch
With, "Let us look at the sky,
And question what of the night to be,
Stranger, you and I."
The woodbine leaves littered the yard,
The woodbine berries were blue,
Autumn, yes, winter was in the wind;
"Stranger, I wish I knew."

Within, the bride in the dusk alone
Bent over the open fire,
Her face rose-red with the glowing coal
And the thought of the heart's desire.
The bridegroom looked at the weary road,
Yet saw but her within,
And wished her heart in a case of gold
And pinned with a silver pin.

The bridegroom thought it little to give
A dole of bread, a purse,
A heartfelt prayer for the poor of God,
Or for the rich a curse;
But whether or not a man was asked
To mar the love of two
by harboring woe in the bridal house,
The bridegroom wished he knew.

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
19th Century

Subjects
Wedding, Love, Night