Evening In A Sugar Orchard Poem by Robert Frost

Evening In A Sugar Orchard

Rating: 3.3


From where I lingered in a lull in March
outside the sugar-house one night for choice,
I called the fireman with a careful voice
And bade him leave the pan and stoke the arch:
'O fireman, give the fire another stoke,
And send more sparks up chimney with the smoke.'
I thought a few might tangle, as they did,
Among bare maple boughs, and in the rare
Hill atmosphere not cease to glow,
And so be added to the moon up there.
The moon, though slight, was moon enough to show
On every tree a bucket with a lid,
And on black ground a bear-skin rug of snow.
The sparks made no attempt to be the moon.
They were content to figure in the trees
As Leo, Orion, and the Pleiades.
And that was what the boughs were full of soon.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
* Sunprincess * 26 October 2012

Wow this was one snowy evening in march, so glad he had a fire..sure those sparks were a sight to see..fabulous! .. :)

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Tom Hoffelder 08 February 2014

When I was 12 (a long time ago) my dad and I began making syrup with his father-in-law (yes, my grandfather) in northern Indiana. The sugar-house was in my grandfather's woods, where we would work late into the night, and the stars were very evident as there was no other light. Therefore this poem enkindles (pun intended) beautiful, poignant, vivid memories of those days. The march at the end of the first line should be March. It is after all the month of March, when the temperatures are usually right for maple sap to flow, and my copy in the book I have of Frost poems has it upper case. Nevertheless, many thanks for allowing the world to read this poem which imparts the experience of seeing something very rare. (The thing Frost omitted was the marvelous aroma of boiling maple sap, which I'm sure he also experienced, but this poem is visual.)

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Amy Dotts 12 June 2006

the rythem and dance of the fire in the night raising up to the sky makes me feel calm.

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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Edward Kofi Louis 29 September 2016

On black ground. Thanks for sharing.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 May 2022

Most wonderfully worded Evening In A Sugar Orchard, Best lovely end-rhymes. I have enjoyed this Modern Poem Of The Day, most deserving!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 May 2022

Congratulations being chosen again as The Modern Poem Of The Day! 5 Stars fullscore

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 May 2021

Most wonderfully description Evening In A Sugar Orchard, so well rhymed and lovely rhymes. I have enjoyed this Modern Poem Of The Day, most deserving!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 May 2021

Beautiful poem Beautiful Evening in an orchard. Congratulations with the choice of Modern Poem Of The Day

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