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Analysis and comments on The Last Word of a Blue Bird by Robert Frost

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Comment 10 of 300, added on February 19th, 2008 at 9:57 PM.

this is such a jolly and silly poem and i think that many people should
read it. At the same time there can be a deep side but you really have to
read it carefully and have a different mindset in order to really see it.
:) by the way my class is doing an analysis on this poem and im loving

Anonimus from United States
Comment 9 of 300, added on February 9th, 2008 at 7:16 PM.

Oh, after all this, I just realized there's an entire level that I forgot
to mention! The fact that it is the *crow* who gives the message, rather
than the bluebird, makes the whole thing even more chilling. Crows are a
symbol of death, and part of the reason for that is that they eat carrion,
like vultures and jackals. Their harsh cries can mark them as the
messengers of death itself. And in this instance, it is the crow who
ultimately decides what the bluebird's message shall be, and the veiled
references to violence may be entirely his testimony. He may have seen the
skunk's murderous action and then seized his own opportunity. Therefore, in
his message, he takes care to focus the blame on the skunk, omitting his
part entirely. But the obvious question is, "wouldn't the bluebird have
sent the message himself if he could? Why give it to the crow unless he had
no other choice? This, more than anything else, seems to signify that the
bluebird will never return -- he is not just ill, but dead.

Gillian from United States
Comment 8 of 300, added on February 9th, 2008 at 6:10 PM.

I agree with the last commenter -- the poem is very dark, actually. We read
this in Junior Great Books when I was a child, and found that what sounded
very sweet on first reading turned out to be very ominous and sad upon
discussion. "Lesley" in the poem is Frost's daughter, who has seen
something upsetting -- feathers? blood? -- and she tells her father that
the bluebird is missing, so her father gives her a message from the bird to
make her feel better, but he also gives all the evidence of the truth,
which she may or may not work out for herself, depending on which part of
his words she wants to focus on.

The most obvious detail tells her/us that the skunk has apparently done
harm to the bluebird -- she is to look out for him with an axe, no less!
The following "And do everything!" may be a frightening reference to what
must be done with the axe -- to make sure the job is done -- or it may be
his parting comment that she should live a full life without her friend the
bluebird. Either way, it's not a positive admonition, but sad at the least
and terrifying at most.

The hood she is to wear can be taken as an executioner's hood with the
"red" signifying blood, so that this is the role she will play when she
seeks the murdering skunk to exact retribution. (Interestingly, the skunk
was a fox in an earlier version of the poem, which sounds like a more
traditional villain.)

The last two hopeful lines tell her that he may return in spring, but this
may be metaphorical, or a reference to other bluebirds who will return to
comfort her. It is not likely to be the same bird because the second stanza
is meant to temper the hope: the bluebird's words -- his "last" word,
according to the title! -- tell her that the cold "almost made him "cough
his tail feathers off". He did not fly south while it was still warm, and
now the north wind has come. The cough is a euphemism for the death rattle.
Significantly, the ice on the trough means that he cannot drink the water,
which may be his last sustenance. He is weak, and therefore easy prey. He
gives her a traditional farewell -- "be good!" --and he wants to leave her
some comfort so that she will not grieve, but he --and Lesley's father--
know that these haunting words are to be his last.

Gillian from United States
Comment 7 of 300, added on June 10th, 2007 at 5:57 PM.

if you are actually looking deep inside the poem, you could say that somone
has misfortuntly died (the blue bird), and an angel or a person who from
above (the crow) has come and told lesly that his little blue bird (a
really close person) is saying good bye. So i think that this can be a
really deep poem as same as a childs one.

Comment 6 of 300, added on April 9th, 2007 at 1:35 PM.

i think it is happy because the bluebird wanted to tell lesley he was
flying south for winter and they are friends. the bluebird will be back:)

robbie from United States
Comment 5 of 300, added on March 30th, 2006 at 6:27 PM.

i dont get it

maya from United States
Comment 4 of 300, added on March 13th, 2006 at 1:05 PM.

I am using this poem for a poetry project in school. It is turning out
wonderfully! NOT! I have hard questions to answer about this poem!

Matt from United States
Comment 3 of 300, added on August 24th, 2005 at 1:29 AM.

How would Lesley ever hear the rustling of a leaf again without wondering
about where the Bluebird goes and how she does.........Frost can really get
poignant to the nadir of the soul. Tears my heart out.

Meraj Shah from India
Comment 2 of 300, added on February 21st, 2005 at 11:05 AM.

I read this poem just before my daughter was born and was so taken with it
we named her Lesley after the little girl in the poem. Later I found
Robert Frost's daughter was named Lesley. Later still I found she was
named for a poem by Robert Burns, Bonny Lesley: O saw ye bonny Lesley As
she went owre the border? She's gone, like Alexander, to spread her
conquests farther. To see her is to love her, and love but her for ever;
For nature made her what she it, And never made anither.

Judith McGee from United States
Comment 1 of 300, added on January 27th, 2005 at 5:53 PM.

a GREAT poem but the sad Frost


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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 23. The Last Word of a Blue Bird
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 20 2003
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