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Analysis and comments on The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay

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Comment 7 of 117, added on May 10th, 2010 at 6:28 AM.
The Flower-fed Buffaloes

The image of the 'flower-fed buffalo' is symbolic of the end of a culture
that maintains the balance between man and nature; the symbiotic
relationship between the environment humans. It echoes the emergence of new
era of the consumer mentality which makes no provision for replenishing the
natural resources of the land. The 'wheels' eat up the land, the
'locomotive' symbolising technology has replaced the buffalo and a people,
race and culture is suppressed and stampeded into the silence of survival.


Cynthia Nwakudu from Nigeria
Comment 6 of 117, added on May 7th, 2010 at 12:44 PM.
Vachel Lindsay

First of all, Lindsay is (was) a man. The flower-fed buffaloes, itself a
nice example of alliteration, are a symbol of the western prairies that
have been lost to expansion and settlement of whites on Blackfeet/Pawnees
territory.

Kathy from United States
Comment 5 of 117, added on April 1st, 2010 at 9:27 PM.
General points

I think this poem is quite unique in that it treats the gradual decline of
the prairies due to man's interference as natural and inevitable. There is
a sense of almost helpless nostalgia; the "flower-fed buffaloes" are
portrayed as delicate and vulnerable creatures, representative perhaps of
the wider natural world. Note how the "locomotives sing", not "thunder" or
"tear" through the plains as could be expected from a poem with this sort
of theme. This and other images such as "wheels and wheels and wheels spin
by" have no negative connotations at face value, yet we see the quite
tragic effects of them later on in the poem: all but the memory of the
buffaloes, which were so fundamental to the welfare of the native American
Indians, have disappeared; the Blackfeet and the Pawnees themselves are
"lying low". Yet their emotional presence remains among the plains.

Joshua Dawson from New Zealand
Comment 4 of 117, added on January 26th, 2010 at 10:43 AM.
English

This is the first poem of Lindsay I have read. I think the poem is great. I
like the sense of nostalgia it signifies. Our world would be a better place
if we all shared her sentiments in the poem.

Olufemi Dirisu from Nigeria
Comment 3 of 117, added on January 26th, 2010 at 10:43 AM.
English

This is the first poem of Lindsay I have read. I think the poem is great. I
like the sense of nostalgia it signifies. Our world would be a better place
if we all share her sentimenys in the poem.

Olufemi Dirisu from Nigeria
Comment 2 of 117, added on January 11th, 2010 at 11:57 PM.

This poem makes me horny.

Doriel Hulse from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 117, added on April 22nd, 2006 at 9:18 AM.

YOU HAVE A LINE MISSING FROM THIS POEM. LINE 12

Homer Simpson from Australia

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Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: The Flower-Fed Buffaloes
Year: 1924
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 26 2004


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