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Putting in the Seed by Robert Frost


"Putting in the Seed" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is about how little things can cause problems in relationships. However, that doesn't mean that the love is gone. It simply means that there is trouble right now and it can be fixed easily. Frost uses petals and seedlings to bring across this point.

This poem is written as a Shakespearean Sonnet. It is written in iambic-pentameter with the rhyme scheme ABABABABCDCDEE.


Putting in the Seed

You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper's on the table, and we'll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree.
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea;)
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,

The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Relationship, Love

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