Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?

Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)–
Though some savants make earth include the sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet.

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  1. Janele says:

    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.

  2. Amelia says:

    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.

  3. dina says:

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

  4. RADISSON REY says:

    its so beautiful my parent love it and also my friends it is so interesting fact it can be your inspiration on your daily work…………

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