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Analysis and comments on Fragmentary Blue by Robert Frost

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Comment 4 of 61, added on December 29th, 2009 at 11:05 AM.

I don't think he's talking about the colour blue.
Since blue is a popular colour, everybody wants and like blue, hinting to
the idea that we focus on superficial things like money and having the
newest ipod. When Frost writes "In here and there, a bird or butterfly",
perhaps the idea of a bird or butterfly is the momentary fascination it
brings, representing the superficial things we adore. And when he ends
"when heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?", it can be interpreted to
represent things that aren't so superficial, like a nice blue sky adorning
a warm golden sun. "Since earth is earth, not heaven (as yet)" would be
obvious, and "though some savants make earth include the sky" would go back
to the meanings of the first stanza, including the sky representing the
non-superficial things and earth representing the superficial. "And blue so
far above us comes so high" would be interpreted to mean the
non-superficial is so much greater than the superficial as the
sky(non-superficial) reaches farther than the earth(superficial). "It only
gives our wish for blue a whet" would be interpreted to mean that the
non-superficial(always being there) would only make our want for the
flighty superficial somewhat keener.
Taking in the step by step analysis, the basic idea of this poem, in my
opinion, is that us people make such a big deal out of the superficial
things in life because we think the non-superficial things will always be.
In smaller words, Robert Frost probably is trying to get us to appreciate
the non-superficial things, like life, because it may not always be.

Janele from Canada
Comment 3 of 61, added on February 5th, 2006 at 12:09 PM.

He opens his poem with this rhetorical question "Why make so much of
fragmentarty blue?" Why are we attracted to this such color when we see it
in butterflies and birds ect.
"when heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?" The sky above us is blue.
As Frost goes on through his poem he is suggesting that the sky is freedom
and peace that everyone longs for when they pass. When we think of our
dreamlike desires we think of the blue sky and clouds. Blue is also the
color of relaxation and dreamlike desires.

Amelia from United States
Comment 2 of 61, added on January 5th, 2006 at 4:14 PM.

I love this poem.. and i love the colour blue, didnt know why untill i read
this poem.

dina from Canada

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Information about Fragmentary Blue

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 16. Fragmentary Blue
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 714 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 31 2001


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