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Good-Bye, And Keep Cold

Rating: 3.6
This saying good-bye on the edge of the dark
And cold to an orchard so young in the bark
Reminds me of all that can happen to harm
An orchard away at the end of the farm
All winter, cut off by a hill from the house.
I don't want it girdled by rabbit and mouse,
I don't want it dreamily nibbled for browse
By deer, and I don't want it budded by grouse.
(If certain it wouldn't be idle to call
I'd summon grouse, rabbit, and deer to the wall
And warn them away with a stick for a gun.)
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Mahtab Bangalee 18 September 2020
I wish I could promise to lie in the night And think of an orchard's arboreal plight...wonderfully crafted these two lines also where poetic promise made him concerns for the nature... So good bye but with the coming back wishing
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Mahtab Bangalee 18 September 2020
How often already you've had to be told, Keep cold, young orchard. Good-bye and keep cold. Dread fifty above more than fifty below.....though there was good bye to all but there was concerning emotion to all, life is continue program by nature, none can say good bye this eternally, have to come back here....great philosophical poem
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L Milton Hankins 18 September 2020
Frost is such a delightful weaver of words. His poems flow with magnificent description and imagery. " Good-bye, And Keep Cold" is a wonderful example of good poetry!
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Sylvia Frances Chan 18 September 2020
I am happy to have the opportunity this morning to read this poem by Robert Frost. A true simple creation, but of highest quality. Very fascinating the more you repeat the read. Congratulations to the family of the late poet. A true honour to read this winning piece Robert Frost does not need ratings, he IS immortal and famous worldwide. WHO does not know Robert Frost? Amazing nature poet.
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Susan Ng'ang'a 13 December 2016
Expertly written Mere words can not describe it
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Deepika Jegadeesanlal 12 January 2012
I like His Words. But, It is differ from the actual Concept.....
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Andrew Hoellering 23 June 2009
Clearly the poet -farmer has planted the orchard; otherwise he wouldn't feel so close to it nor care for it as much as he does. It is unusual to say 'Goodbye and keep cold' to a group of trees, but it perfectly expresses Frost's interest in their survival. He does all he can to ensure this; the rest he states is up to God.
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Wre Rabaca 19 November 2008
This is a well written poem. It is always wonderful to read these poems, because they are so simple but yet brilliant.
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