To Earthward by Robert Frost
"To Earthward" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem could be about many different things. Is it about nature, love, or is it about longing for something? It seems as if the poet is longing for his childhood. He wants to get stains on his shorts and tears in his eyes from love.
This poem is made up of eight stanzas with four lines in each. It is rhymed as ABAB.
To Earthward Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air That crossed me from sweet things, The flow of--was it musk From hidden grapevine springs Downhill at dusk? I had the swirl and ache From sprays of honeysuckle That when they're gathered shake Dew on the knuckle. I craved strong sweets, but those Seemed strong when I was young; The petal of the rose It was that stung. Now no joy but lacks salt, That is not dashed with pain And weariness and fault; I crave the stain Of tears, the aftermark Of almost too much love, The sweet of bitter bark And burning clove. When stiff and sore and scarred I take away my hand From leaning on it hard In grass and sand, The hurt is not enough: I long for weight and strength To feel the earth as rough To all my length.
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