Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

A Minor Bird - Poem by Robert Frost

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.

Comments about A Minor Bird by Robert Frost

  • Veteran Poet - 1,173 Points Titto Mutunguti (10/16/2015 4:04:00 PM)

    noisy bird, , like a hornbill... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Kaviya Dharshini (9/28/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    very very nice poem, I enjoyed the poem very well. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,513 Points Pamela Sinicrope (9/7/2015 9:52:00 PM)

    Love Frost and I can relate to this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,351 Points Mark Arvizu (12/19/2014 10:41:00 AM)

    Silence is also a great song.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Samantha Anastasiou (12/15/2014 8:01:00 PM)

    He is troubled, he is sad, that is why he doesn't want to hear the bird's song. A bird's song is a lovely thing, a call of nature, or of love to a mate. Perhaps he is broken hearted and wants to shut himself away.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,623 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    This is an excellent and beautiful nature poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,623 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    This is an excellent and beautiful nature poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Grace Miao (9/25/2014 11:18:00 AM)

    I mean, it depends. If the bird has a sound of a shrill, extremely loud lady, I would probably want it to leave. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nisarg Sukhadeve (5/20/2014 5:00:00 AM)

    This was an excellent rhymer! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points Dawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 9:04:00 AM)

    This us really good (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:55:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,175 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/12/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    Birds will sing, donkeys bray
    But not for our ears so to say
    And we have no business silencing them
    When God so made them that way....

    All ye reading this welcome to my page too.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Charley Hurt (11/9/2013 6:02:00 PM)

    In 1953 my eighth grade Sedalia school teacher, suggested to our class (if I remember correctly) that the bird sings in the musical 'A-Minor' key. That's the way that bird was created/ have that characteristic song. Another bird, or another animal or any person, may sing a different 'Tune'. But he has the same right to sing his song as we have the right to express our songs, views and talents. When we listen to ALL the 'songs' we can come to a better consensus. We may even find UNITY, as Heavenly Father desires. Music enriches our life. A chorus can be more pleasing than a solo. If only the best bird, or person 'sang', we would have very little music in our world and that music would be a solo. I think the early miners in gassy mines were glad to hear the 'little' bird sing. I think all the meanings attached by others to Robert Frost's poem have merit...Which one is True? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nikki Pierre (7/26/2013 1:21:00 PM)

    I think this poem is about oppression. The man is bothered by the voice of the bird and wants to take away the bird's right to express itself in the way that comes naturally to it. But he realizes that the fault is not in the bird, but in his low tolerance for the bird's form of expression. There is something wrong in trying to silence any song- or any form of expression or someone else's happiness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nilay Shah (6/26/2013 2:59:00 PM)

    I think the minor bird is a trivial thought that Frost does not want to think about anymore but he cant get it out of his head. Simple, elegant! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tj Zimmer (5/31/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    I think the man symbolizes the competitive society and the bird symbolizes the nature.We can say this poem tells us about the HUMANS distance from the NATURE. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aram Thaggard (5/7/2013 4:21:00 PM)

    I think it's about the remorse one feels after rejecting the validity of silver linings in the world.

    Obviously he's grouchy, wishing, willing, and trying the bird away to the point of exasperation, yet at the turning point he realizes that it's not the bird who is at fault, but him, for not acknowledging the beauty of the bird's song before he drove it away. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 943 Points Stephen W (2/12/2013 2:25:00 PM)

    I think this poem is actually straightforward, rather than allegorical. We don't always like the things we think we ought to like, and are internally conflicted and guilty. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eiz Qarqash (11/26/2012 10:58:00 AM)

    what a great made my blood go faster into my veins... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,059 Points * Sunprincess * (10/25/2012 10:13:00 PM)

    awesome simple yet so beautiful a true masterpiece.. :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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