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

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Comment 13 of 123, added on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:06 AM.

Why does the poet repeat 'lying low'?
Some body reply quick plz.

Asad from Tanzania
Comment 12 of 123, added on September 20th, 2010 at 8:44 PM.

this poem is great
vachel express how slowly nature dies!
s very nostalgic

daniel dada from Colombia
Comment 11 of 123, added on September 15th, 2010 at 4:25 PM.

what's the mood and tone??

Asad from Tanzania
Comment 10 of 123, added on September 5th, 2010 at 2:17 AM.

This poem has got to be the most simple yet powerful poem ever. I, myself,
grew up in Manchester and moved to pakistan a few weeks back, and I know
exactly what lindsay means, you know, about the swaying grass, the fragrent
flowers, the filtering of the sunlight. I, myself am 14 years old and all
that, but i definataly think this is the most captivating poem i have come
across in a long time.

Leah from Pakistan
Comment 9 of 123, added on August 28th, 2010 at 10:37 PM.

Oh, man - I'm 31 years old, and I remember having to memorize this poem
back in the 8th grade. I have it memorized to this day!

Kelly from United States
Comment 8 of 123, added on August 3rd, 2010 at 2:41 PM.

This poem, I believe is about how things have changed. How the natural
pleasant environment has been disturbed by men now and that now after
interfering nature's system they themselves are not satisfied, even they
are 'lying low'. Disturbing nature disturbs men himself and nature's beauty
once ruined, is ruined for a long time. It takes a moment for people to
finish it all and then to get it all back, even decades are not enough!!

Kanz from Pakistan
Comment 7 of 123, 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 123, 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

Kathy from United States
Comment 5 of 123, 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 123, added on January 26th, 2010 at 10:43 AM.

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

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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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