Robert Frost

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

A Winter Eden - Poem by Robert Frost

A winter garden in an alder swamp,
Where conies now come out to sun and romp,
As near a paradise as it can be
And not melt snow or start a dormant tree.

It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead,
And last year's berries shining scarlet red.

It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feat
On some wild apple tree's young tender bark,
What well may prove the year's high girdle mark.

So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.

A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o'clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life's while to wake and sport.


Comments about A Winter Eden by Robert Frost

  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/1/2018 8:59:00 PM)


    Oh! what a amazing poem....every line of the poem enjoyed me... Thank you......sir.............. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (12/1/2017 5:12:00 PM)


    It's a very good poem in my opinion, and it means something big if you really look at it. (Report) Reply

    (11/1/2018 11:44:00 PM)

    I agree with you Mewow

  • Gajanan Mishra (3/13/2016 5:09:00 AM)


    to wake and sport - beautiful, let us make life's worth in winter.. (Report) Reply

Read all 4 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Friday, March 11, 2016



Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]