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The Oven Bird by Robert Frost


"The Oven Bird" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem can be interpreted in several different ways. One, it can be simply said to be about the different seasons. Two, it can be said to be about love. Flowers, showers, etc. can be said to be about relationships (the hardships and sweetness we have). Third, it can be about life and its ending.

This poem is made up of fourteen lines with the rhyme scheme AABCBDCDEEFGFG and is written in iambic-pentameter. It is an Italian sonnet.


The Oven Bird

There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.

Next: The Pasture
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Literary Movement
19th Century

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Flower, Nature

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