Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

A Frosty Night - Poem by Robert Graves

Mother: Alice, dear, what ails you,
Dazed and white and shaken?
Has the chill night numbed you?
Is it fright you have taken?

Alice: Mother I am very well,
I felt never better;
Mother, do not hold me so,
Let me write my letter.

Mother: Sweet, my dear, what ails you?

Alice: No, but I am well.
The night was cold and frosty,
There's no more to tell.


Mother: Ay, the night was frosty,
Coldly gaped the moon,
Yet the birds seemed twittering
Through green boughs of June.

Soft and thick the snow lay,
Stars danced in the sky.
Not all the lambs of May-day
Skip so bold and high.

Your feet were dancing, Alice,
Seemed to dance on air,
You looked a ghost or angel
In the starlight there.

Your eyes were frosted starlight,
Your heart, fire, and snow.
Who was it said 'I love you? '

Alice: Mother, let me go!


Comments about A Frosty Night by Robert Graves

  • (3/9/2018 8:30:00 AM)

    my college my favourite poem (Report)Reply

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  • Seema Sharma Rimi (9/10/2017 2:11:00 PM)

    our eyes were frosted starlight,
    Your heart, fire, and snow.
    Who was it said 'I love you? '
    A nice poem. on mother.
    10++
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  • Rajnish Manga (9/10/2017 12:22:00 PM)

    Wonderful dialogue between mother and the daughter with suspicion and love in their respective hearts. (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/10/2017 10:28:00 AM)

    Seemed to dance on air,
    You looked a ghost or angel
    In the starlight there.
    Wow great.
    Thanks poet for the sharing.
    10
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  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/10/2017 10:27:00 AM)

    Your eyes were frosted starlight,
    Your heart, fire, and snow.
    Who was it said 'I love you? '
    Please continue this a bit longer, won't you dear poet?
    10+ for it.
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  • Savita Tyagi (9/10/2017 9:33:00 AM)

    A marvelous story could be contrived taking on this conversation. My thoughts run to a rebellious daughter in love with conflicting emotions in her head thinking to take bold steps but caught on by her mother. (Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (9/10/2017 9:12:00 AM)

    your heart fire and snow.. I love you (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/10/2017 4:45:00 AM)

    Haunting expression. Beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/10/2017 2:52:00 AM)

    Such a simple expression of love👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

    Lantz Pierre(9/10/2017 5:47:00 AM)

    To comment that this is simple totally misses the whole flow of the dialogue and shifting imagery as it evolves from beginning to end. The shifts have an elegance and subtly that wonderfully illuminate the caring relationship and gentle maternal insight into her child's behavior and responses. But at least you didn't just say it was interesting.

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/10/2017 1:51:00 AM)

    Very nice poem. Enjoyed the conversation. Thanks for posting. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/10/2017 1:08:00 AM)

    Let me go! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    Lantz Pierre(9/10/2017 5:49:00 AM)

    I'd be happy to let °you°go. I repeatedly fail to understand the rhyme or reason behind the phrases you quote in your comments about poems. Does it represent the only words in the poem that you read?

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, November 16, 2015


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