Spring Pools : by Robert Frost || Summary and Analysis

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Spring Pools

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.

The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods -
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect The total sky almost without defect, And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver, Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone, And yet not out by any brook or river, But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.

Analysis

Introduction:

      Spring Pools by Robert Frost from West-Running Brook: is a lyric dealing with the experience which is fleeting and illusive. Like most of Frost's poems this, too, has a bitter-sweet quality. Here portrayal of spring is not usually fertile like nature, we see the attribution of decay with great intensity.

Summary:

      The description of the pools and flowers in the woodlands in early spring gains a grave note. The poet warns the summer woods not to drink up pools of snow. Spring, the traditional associate of birth, innocence and joy is here related to darkness. Through the landscape, Frost brings out the theme of spiritual decadence. Spring is the season when nature began its rejuvenation, so before period nature leave all of its beauty and become like graveyard. The other aspect of spring which unspotted is shown here in significant manner.

Critical Remarks:

      The poem is a fine piece with a taut and bare simplicity. Verse and meaning blend appropriately as do metaphor and fact, appeal to eye and ear. Merging and continuity in natural processes is implied. There is a dim sense of the cycle of the year. However, no hint of joy is given, there seems to be only hints of darkness and terror.

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