Love has earth to which she clings
With hills and circling arms about–
Wall within wall to shut fear out.
But Though has need of no such things,
For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.

On snow and sand and turn, I see
Where Love has left a printed trace
With straining in the world’s embrace.
And such is Love and glad to be
But Though has shaken his ankles free.

Though cleaves the interstellar gloom
And sits in Sirius’ disc all night,
Till day makes him retrace his flight
With smell of burning on every plume,
Back past the sun to an earthly room.

His gains in heaven are what they are.
Yet some say Love by being thrall
And simply staying possesses all
In several beauty that Thought fares far
To find fused in another star.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem Bond and Free


  1. KarCar says:

    My daughter had to memorize this poem for her Lit class, good thing i realized that Though doesnt have wings, THOUGHT does,(3x)AND TURN is TURF. Please fix.

  2. moriah says:

    i love this poem the way he expresses his self its amazing the words he uses it just seems real its like its talking about someone i know cause it is so true the things he says its breath taking

  3. joanna pullar says:

    hi what is south bond

  4. liz says:

    this poem intrigues me. the deeper meaning is timless and even though it was written decades ago it still applies to today’s society and many peoples fear of love.

  5. James Nabbot says:

    I love the personification within the poem. I like how Robert Frost weaves in great detail to his fascinating and intriguing poem. There is a clear and present relationship between love and thought in this poem. There is obvious rhyming and easy to understand rhyming patterns.

  6. Angela says:

    HI I love your poems. How do u write all theese poems!

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