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

  • (12/12/2017 7:59:00 PM)

    That poem was wonderful it even open up my heart frost you got the talent (Report) Reply

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  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/20/2017 2:46:00 AM)

    The poet is right. Often, the problem is subjective. (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2017 9:15:00 AM)

    Pastoral Recollection
    Nobody writes bucolic life like Frost. Of lyric heart in every stay of seasons' vein. Just astonishing! (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2016 4:18:00 PM)

    A blackbird sounds so hateful.
    His caw is not a song.
    When trying to enjoy nature,
    That hateful sound is just wrong! ! !
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  • (2/15/2016 10:35:00 AM)

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    .......a minor bird is an excellent metaphor...very nicely expressed ★ Already Reported Reply

  • Kenya Spear (2/5/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poems by Frost, my favorite poet. The poem reminds me of myself, how I once acted up and was ugly and sad and when I was feeling angry, alone, mad and disappointed. Sometimes at those times, I took my frustrations out. displacement, I think it is called. (Report) Reply

  • Titto Mutunguti (10/16/2015 4:04:00 PM)

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

  • (9/28/2015 7:29:00 AM)

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

  • Pamela Sinicrope (9/7/2015 9:52:00 PM)

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

  • Mark Arvizu (12/19/2014 10:41:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • (12/10/2014 8:58:00 AM)

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

  • (12/10/2014 8:57:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • (5/20/2014 5:00:00 AM)

    This was an excellent rhymer! (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 9:04:00 AM)

    This us really good (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:55:00 AM)

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

  • 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....
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  • (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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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