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Robert Frost

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

Dust of Snow


The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (10/26/2012 6:30:00 PM)

    Wow glad the crow lifted his spirits after having a day of regrets..makes me
    wonder what he was regretting..fabulous! .. :) (Report) Reply

  • Gul naz (7/11/2010 9:38:00 PM)

    Really it is a very small poem but it has all the power to mesmerize you and keep you reading again and again. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Hoellering (5/25/2009 12:49:00 PM)

    The 'way' in the first line is left to us to imagine, or as Shakespeare puts in the Henry V, on your 'imaginary forces work.'
    Drinking hemlock is the way that Socrates chose to die, so beauty and death are deliberately linked here.
    We all have dark moods, and the second stanza speaks of the healing effects of nature.
    Frost in this terrific poem follows the three principles of imagism; no superficial word, direct treatment, and metrical metre rather than mere cadence. (Report) Reply

  • Errol Francis (12/27/2007 5:04:00 AM)

    I first heard this poem 10 years ago and never knew who wrote it. I don't pretend to understand poetry but this short verse appeals to me. I must find out more about it. (Report) Reply

  • Blue Clouds (1/16/2006 11:05:00 AM)

    This is such a cute little poem! It amazes me how much meaning this little thing could have behind its face. (Report) Reply

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