Richard Wilbur

(March 1, 1921)

Boy At The Window - Poem by Richard Wilbur

Seeing the snowman standing all alone
In dusk and cold is more than he can bear.
The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare
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Comments about Boy At The Window by Richard Wilbur

  • Susan Williams (7/8/2017 4:40:00 PM)


    This poem has levels... oh, my, this poem is not all surface sugar icing and bathos...- - - - ]
    For the child at the bright pane surrounded by
    Such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/8/2017 12:20:00 PM)


    A beautiful poem on the warmth and love the child holds for the snowman and in return gets the compassion. A poem to read again and again. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (7/8/2017 8:29:00 AM)


    I read this poem longtime back. Its pleasure to read it again. Displays such warmth and compassion to wrap around my heart. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (7/8/2017 8:07:00 AM)


    I don't know Wilbur's work as a whole, but this poem is charming. -GK (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2017 4:39:00 AM)


    The small boy and its feelings beautifully given in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/8/2017 4:04:00 AM)


    The small boy weeps! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/8/2017 1:27:00 AM)


    Such a heartwarming poem perfectly expressed here.... Thanks for posting👍 (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/8/2017 1:03:00 AM)


    Personalising the snowman is effective in this poem. This is what children do. The image of the boy looking out the window is powerful. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Johnston (7/8/2017 12:42:00 AM)


    This is one of my favorite Richard Wilbur poems. He truly is a genius and to my lights at least the equal of Robert Frost who I also love. In the late 1960's I actually heard him do a reading of his work at the University of Oklahoma while I was a graduate student in Physics. I have never forgotten that evening! (Report) Reply

  • (4/9/2014 4:43:00 AM)


    Nature is wonderfully interwoven with the living organisms and make them pleasure through its beauty, kindness and all good things it have got from the grace of the unknown and it is always gracious itself to part with the living organisms in which a major part is shared by the human being. The tears in the poem narrated felt its very feeling of love and poet have done well in its creation with beautiful words. (Report) Reply

  • (4/9/2014 4:43:00 AM)


    Nature is wonderfully interwoven with the living organisms and make them pleasure through its beauty, kindness and all good things it have got from the grace of the unknown and it is always gracious itself to part with the living organisms in which a major part is shared by the human being. The tears in the poem narrated felt its very feeling of love and poet have done well in its creation with beautiful words. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (3/23/2014 2:54:00 PM)


    Richard, a little attention to the rhythm and rhyme scheme, drop two lines from the last verse and you would have the basis for a beautiful sonnet. The poem, as is, is full of heart. (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (11/20/2016 9:24:00 PM)

    I find it comical when nobodies on PH insinuate that a well known poet was not paying attention so therefore failed to do something ie. write a sonnet. Wilbur graduated from Harvard in literature and taught the subject at university for decades and won 2 Pulitzer prizes in it, and if he had wanted to write a sonnet he would have and doesn't need someone like you to explain to him how it should be done.

  • (3/12/2014 7:13:00 PM)


    Dare I say it! This melted me :) . I lived the two perspectives which express in my view how one looks on another assuming we know what they want or need and obviously that we all have different needs. but also it reminds me of my emotional stresses worrying what happened to our dear creations. Lovely (Report) Reply

  • Dean Bottomley (3/12/2014 6:13:00 PM)


    I love the sentiments and the story. Not sure about the format as the rhyme is all over the place. First and forth line and second and third line in verse one, then fifth and seventh and sixth and eighth. In second verse it is again first and fourth and then second and third, then fifth and seventh and sixth and fourth. A strange format? Then it maybe just me not willing to accept an unusual format (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (3/12/2014 8:52:00 AM)


    This poem is amazing in its expression of love and bond created between a fearful and crying child and Nature's silent compassion and consolation through snowman. Loved and touched by the poem very much. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2014 4:22:00 AM)


    The simplicity of the young boy's innocence touches the heart,
    whereas the snowman knows the complexity of reality and
    yet still sheds a tear for the young boy's naivete. Very
    beautiful heart-touching poem. Love it. Thank you for
    sharing, RoseAnn
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  • (12/29/2013 1:25:00 PM)


    Now that I am cast out and alone, says the created one to t he Creator, I am beyond your care - and intervention, although apparently not your concern. It will do no good to return to you, since the warmth will change me. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Johnston (12/22/2013 3:49:00 AM)


    Hi Richard,
    This has long been one of my favorite poems. I think it is in the same class as Frost's Stopping by Woods.... I think the boy in the window is more than just a boy. At the very least he is the child in all of us but I feel he is more than that. He is the innocent peering into the darkness and making assumptions about others that may not be true. I think this poem is about Weltsmertz and how we would all be better off if we addressed the issues that we really have power over, namely our own lives. I was a student at Oklahoma University and heard you lecture there in the late 60's I think. I once did a redo of one or your poems called Love Brings Us To The Things Of This World. My poem is called For Love of ____. It would give me great pleasure to know that you like this poem or any of the others I've recently published on Poemhunter.com. My personal favorite of my own poems is Traveling Alone Through The Sand Hills Of Nebraska. Any advice would be much appreciated. I'm 70 and late to the game but my dream poetically is to be published in The Nation or in the New Yorker. I've only been on Poemhunter for a month or so and already a third of my poems have received a 10 rating. this has been so much fun. Thanks for all your loving effort...
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  • (3/12/2013 1:02:00 PM)


    A duality of life, the snowman lives for such a short time, but its life is fulfilled in its place as being a snowman, whereas the child will live grow up to be a man, and forced to take the bonds of adulthood, the snowman dissolves to become water recycled in the cycle of life, the child’s tears are water too, but they cannot join the snowman, or be recycled in the natural flow of life. The child will grow up grow old and die. But never return in the guise of snow (Report) Reply

  • (11/24/2009 1:34:00 PM)


    When the fear leaves in the foreground, the boldness becomes more valuable... Sincere loneliness everywhere are the identical... The big poem and a theme so.. (Report) Reply



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