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Comment 6 of 76, added on May 10th, 2009 at 6:40 AM.
i think that robert frost is not warning trees to stop
absorbing water because he does not possess the ability to prevent such a
natural phenomena. He is advicing trees to stop this act for the safety of
zahraa from Lebanon
Comment 5 of 76, added on February 8th, 2008 at 10:19 PM.
The poem "Spring Pools" is an expression of Robert Frost's feelings
towards the quickly passing season of spring, in particular the pools that
form from the melted snow. Frost uses the pools and flowers as indicators
of spring, but then mentions that they will soon "chill and shiver". This
gives the reader the idea that fall is rapidly approaching, and that the
flowers and pools will "soon be gone". The lines “still reflect the total
sky almost without defect” suggest that the pools were created as a kind of
reflection from heaven. This ties into the lines “let them think twice
before they use their powers to blot out and drink up and sweep away” were
Robert Frost is ‘warning’ the trees to “think twice” before they absorb all
the water. If the trees absorb the pools, this will be a sign that summer,
then fall and winter will be coming steadily. Since the season of spring is
when the pools form, the trees absorbing the water is the same as them
disobeying Frost’s warnings to “think again” which has a deeper meaning of
betraying God and committing a sin. At a first glance, the reader of this
poem may not be able to interpret the inner importance of it. With the
poetic devices used by Frost such as personification (giving the trees
human characteristics), repetition ( in the lines "These flowery waters and
these watery flowers") and the use of similes (in the lines "And like the
flowers beside them, chill and shiver…"), it is much easier for the reader
to understand, appreciate and associate it with other meanings.
Comment 4 of 76, added on August 12th, 2007 at 10:19 PM.
By my reading, “Spring Pools” is about the fleeting quality of spring, in
particular, pools that form in spring from melted snow. In this poem, the
pools and surrounding flowers are indicators of spring, and spring is
associated with pre-lapsarian Eden. That the pools “still reflect/The
total sky almost without defect” suggests that they exist as they were
originally created as a kind of reflection of heaven. But the Fall is
prefigured by pools and flowers that “chill and shiver” at the prospect
that they “will soon be gone,” and not by any glorifying flow of river, but
by the invidious absorption by unseen roots of “summer woods” with “dark
foliage” which will “darken nature” and “blot [them] out.” The poet warns
the woods (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) to “think twice before they use their
powers” because of the risk that they will become agents of the Fall of
nature (from perfect spring, to declining summer, autumn and winter). The
decision to absorb the pools amounts to an “original sin” which commences a
Fall that will end in winter.
My reading is supported by a reading of Frost’s earlier poem, “Nothing Gold
Can Stay.” That poem identifies the color gold as “Nature’s first green,”
and associates the fading of gold and subsequent development of leaves with
“Eden [sinking] to grief.”
The fleeting quality of all sorts of values, including, among others,
spring, youth and beauty, is a common theme of poets from Shakespeare to
Housman and Frost.
Chris Wrenn from United States
Comment 3 of 76, added on April 4th, 2007 at 4:20 PM.
I like Alison's close reading of the poem and her understanding of the
words that are written. From there one might think of other aspects, not in
place of but in addition to the clear meaning of what is described in the
poem. There appears to be an admonition about the use of power and also the
striking mirror-like image of dark foliage coming from watery flowers and
flowery waters. This suggests not just dominance but also dependence. It
seems to me that this poem reflects life in a profound way.
Jaimie Trautman from United States
Comment 2 of 76, added on April 29th, 2006 at 11:10 AM.
Hm. I think this poem really is about pools and flowers and trees, not
people. I think Frost is longing for just a posteponement of spring, to
enjoy the beauty of the last days of winter. He knows that nature doesn't
stop, so he just asks that it "thinks twice."
It's unusual because most poets glorify the coming of spring. But Frost
says, no, the spring is noisy and dark and lush, and the winter flowers are
simple and still and clear.
Allison from Canada
Comment 1 of 76, added on April 11th, 2006 at 3:14 PM.
Now a hot topic in biology, Frost uses the pools to remind adults (summer
trees) that in the children (the pools) they can see the reflection of
heaven (the sky).
Ray from United States
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