I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem A Minor Bird


  1. sulaiha says:

    supper it really makes us to think about the nature and creation of it

  2. isuri says:

    this poem is not hard to understand but it has many layers of meanings which is very philosophical. he tries to let the common people understand how this minor issue become an annoyance to the modern men like us who are busy with the newly modernized world and have no time to enjoy the nature but finds it very annoying and wasteful. it is just the nature of the bird to sing and the bird simply symbolizes the nature. the part which he cannot bear the singing of the bird, shows the difference and how the men have changed with the modern world and totally forgets the nature. it is not the fault of the bird whyhe gets annoyed but it is his won fault.this poem mainly says how we have failed to appreciate the nature.

  3. Stephen Rodriguez says:

    This poem isn’t too hard to understand. It’s about freedom of expression and appreciation of the arts.

    There’s this bird that’s been singing all day and it’s getting on his nerves. He eventually snaps and tries to put an end to the bird’s dreadful singing. It’s only then that he realizes what he’s done. He’s put himself before the bird’s self-expression and happiness.

    A bird (or any artist) may not be good at what s/he does, but everyone has a right to self-expression, and as caring human beings, we should show a person appreciation at least for the effort that s/he puts into his/her work.

    That’s my take. You don’t have to agree, but let’s at least agree that it’s a very beautiful poem.

  4. grayson phillips says:

    when i first read this poem i really didnt understand it, so i read it again.and i still didnt understand it so therefore i dont really like this poem at all

  5. lalith dayananda says:

    This poem is one of the greatest pieces of poetry with which the works of Robert Frost are always associated. Though it is not that much easy to discern the meaning out of this, one can do so if he or she ponder on it. One must read it over and over again to understand the philosophy of the poet that is exactly what eludes us from coming to a satisfactory analysis of this poem which can be accepted by many a readers.
    you may have you own idea of this poem. It has to be. One may see it from different point of views. Whatever you may have, you have to prove your comment, that is what is expected in analyzing poetry.
    Now let me explain how i can perceive the speaker’s attitude found in this poem. It’s something like he, the speaker is so miserable that he can not see the world any more as he used to be. It may be because he has been depressed and have no hope. He does not seem to be feeling like home. Feelings such as love might make us feel blue that makes us see the world not the same as before.
    The things found in nature that we normally enjoy seeing, hearing & etc. no longer be so attractive, now you start to hate them that may be because they remind you of the past happenings which you are trying to erase from your mind as soon as posible. You do not like company and you want to be alone, that’s why you clap your hand at the bird to chase away it. You are mentally not in a position to appreciate the beauty of nature, even though it is not the fault of nature. You know well, a part of the fault of your behaviour can be attributed to your depression. Then, the rest of the fault must go to whom? Should the blame be placed on nature? No it should go the society in which we live or to your self for not being able to deal with the world.
    This reminds me the words of Shakespear ” Dear Brutes the fault is not in our stars but in our selves”
    We all are part of nature and inseparable. Animate & inanimate things are closely bound together, we have interact with each other. After all we can not always be happy. Sad & happy moments come in our way. That is what the life is all about. I personally believe the philosophy found in this poem is that truth.

  6. ashley says:

    this poem sucks

  7. Sue says:

    I just read this poem in a book on birds. To me, it has meaning that relates to the hopes and dreams we have in our lives and how one must not disparage but respect them. Also, I like the poem just cause its cute and about birds!

  8. Nazeema says:

    It touches my heart really.Frost reminds me the value of enjoyment with the promises to keep in future.

  9. Anusha Nishanthi says:

    Robert Frost is a poet who starts his poems in delight and ends in wisdom and this poem touches our hearts as it reveals the reality of the world. We are always attracted towards the material things than natural things.I loved by reading this wonderful poem

  10. Bobby says:

    i am beyong amazing…

  11. Ethan Trusty says:

    This poem touched my heart and soul in a very moving and warming way.

  12. jennifer says:

    I think it is a very lovely poem. It shows the beauty of music that one hears.

  13. fdsa says:

    this poem is beyond retarded. which is bad.

  14. Maria says:

    I think it’s a very beautiful poem, but sad. It reminds me of when I was depressed and didn’t see any happines in anything and pushed people, who tried to help me and make me happy, away.

  15. ajit says:

    Life goes on but memories linger

  16. fred says:

    me like it

  17. Natalin Recto says:

    i love this poem because it exist in our world.

  18. sylvia miscoi says:

    i think this poem is really interesting because it is basically based on true things it is kind of hard to express in words….

  19. Laura Muñoz says:

    soy estudiante de ingle, y tengo que presentar un trabajo sobre este poema A minor Bird by Robert Frost. I would like that alguien me ayudara o me dirar informacion sobre el symbolic meaning de este poema. favor cualquier ayuda a la direccion de correa antes mencionada. Se agradece antes del viernes 29 de octubre. muchas gracias

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