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Wind and Window Flower by Robert Frost


"Wind and Window Flower" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is about how sometimes we should forget the one we love in order to find true love somewhere else. The poem follows the life of a bird who continually looks at another one even though he's inside a cage and no matter how much he wants to be with her, he can't.

This poem is written as seven stanzas with four lines in each. They are rhymed as ABCB as well.


Wind and Window Flower

Lovers, forget your love,
And list to the love of these,
She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.

When the frosty window veil
Was melted down at noon,
And the caged yellow bird
Hung over her in tune,

He marked her through the pane,
He could not help but mark,
And only passed her by
To come again at dark.

He was a winter wind,
Concerned with ice and snow,
Dead weeds and unmated birds,
And little of love could know.

But he sighed upon the sill, 
He gave the sash a shake,
As witness all within
Who lay that night awake.

Perchance he half prevailed
To win her for the flight
From the firelit looking-glass
And warm stove-window light.

But the flower leaned aside
And thought of naught to say,
And morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Love, Relationship, Flower, Animal

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