Thursday, September 13, 2012

Robert Frost: Fragmentary Blue

We began our term study of Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets. Much to my delight, the girls enjoy his work, too.

One of the most wondrous things about Ambleside Online is that it introduces us to literature we might otherwise have missed. For example, all three of us were happy to have "met" poet Paul Laurence Dunbar last year. But I am also pleased to acquaint my girls with old friends, such as Frost.

And my heart goes pitter-pat when I learn more than I thought I knew. I love to be surprised like that.

Images courtesy of Foter.

Here's a Frost poem that was new to me (perhaps not to you, though).

Fragmentary Blue

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.


  1. Jaw dropped very low in admiration.

    What poetry does to humans is not able to be described, only with more poetry, :)

    I am with you, well not quite, I know zero and I am amazed at how little I know versus how much I "thought" I knew, ha ha ha.

    Two years ago at a library sale, I got a thick complete Frost book for one dollar. I have not opened it yet (maybe I should), but at the same time, I know with AO I will get there! We are now about to read Whitcomb after having loved Walter de la Mare.

  2. Your reader above got it right: Jaw dropping. What a way with words, Mr. Frost has. I'm unashamedly copying it and posting it to my Facebook page because today is such a day of blue where I live. Thank you for linking up with us at No Ordinary Blog Hop. I'm now off on a hunt to look at some of your curriculum resources. Every blessing, Kelly

  3. What a breathtaking poem! I am often surprised at hymns in the Church of Scotland hymnal that are set to words by Robert Frost. My favourite Frost quotation is one I associate with New Year: "The best is yet to be!"

    Thank you for this reminder to explore his poetry a bit more. Enjoy your explorations!

  4. Kelly, thanks for stopping by and also for your kind words!

    Christine, I wish I had your hymnal. I'd love to see (and sing) those particular hymns...


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