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Poetry Explication

Robert Frost's "Wind and Window Flower" dramatizes the conflicts between stability ***** change, between love and death, ***** between subtle and dramatic strength. Personifying the wind and the *****ow flower, ***** poet transforms observations of the natural world into characters in a story. The n*****rrator addresses ***** audience directly in the first two l*****es, "Lovers, forget your love, / And list to the love of these, / She a window flower, / And he a winter breeze." T***** speaker proceeds to relay the tale of a ***** flower *****nd the winter wind, which seeks to uproot ***** tiny, delicate blossom. Through the story and its rich metaphors and imagery, ***** speaker evokes appreciation for natural seasonal cyc***** as well ***** ***** the cycles of the day. The speaker also conveys the central themes ***** the poem, including that of the triumph of love over death. *****s *****ten symbolize eternal life, while ***** ***** is often a powerful harbinger of change, transformation, ***** death. The poem is set in the w*****tertime and contains imagery of frost and cold, accentuating the contrast between the winter wind ***** its pray, a tiny *****. In fact, the flower and its counterpart, a "caged yellow bird," are out ***** place in this scene, for both colorful objects invoke spring and new life rather than the death and decay suggested by ***** season of winter (line 7). Furthermore, the ***** ascribes gender to the ***** and the window flower: the former is male, the latter female, which underscores ***** symbolic aggression on the part of the male wind. In the end, the flower secures a passive victory, as it "leaned aside, / And thought of naught to say," (*****s 25-26). *****refore, ***** purpose of the narrative is to illustrate the potential triumph of humility and peace over brute force.

***** poem consists of seven stanzas of four lines each. Each line has ei*****r six or ***** syllables, but there is no strict regularity of syllables per line. The poem has a definite and compelling rhythm that helps dramatize the central *****: the story of ***** wind and the window flower. Just as a deft storyteller will captivate his or her audience with ***** rhythmic intonations ***** the voice, so too does the narrator of the poem captivate the audience through poetic rhythm. The ***** stanza of ***** ***** differs from the rest in both meaning and in *****, ***** in t***** stanza the narrator ***** the audience directly as an *****troduction to the *****. The ***** consist of alternating iambs, trochees, *****apests ***** dactyls. For example, the first line of the poem contains in succession a trochaic, an iambic, ********** an anapestic foot, whereas the second line contains in succession an iambic, anapestic, and dactylic foot. The third line differs even yet, ***** a two troch*****ic feet followed by an anapestic one. The irregularity of the meter in ***** ***** stanza creates suspension of the type all good s*****rytellers want in order to compel

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