I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.

I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later,
I’ve pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow.

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2 Comments

  1. Christopher says:

    Surely it should be “first-water star” not “first-water start,” no?
    The phrase “first-water” is from gemology, where it is used to characterize the quality of a diamond. So here, Frost must be referring to the gem-like brilliance of a star – “start” must be a typo…..but it
    seems to have been replicated everywhere on the web….

  2. Anthony says:

    I think the moon sybolizes hope. It seems that the speaker uses the moon, when he wants to feel better about himself.

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