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By Robert Frost 1874–1963 Robert Frost
The battle rent a cobweb diamond-strung
And cut a flower beside a ground bird's nest
Before it stained a single human breast.
The stricken flower bent double and so hung.
And still the bird revisited her young.
A butterfly its fall had dispossessed
A moment sought in air his flower of rest,
Then lightly stooped to it and fluttering clung.

On the bare upland pasture there had spread
O'ernight 'twixt mullein stalks a wheel of thread
And straining cables wet with silver dew.
A sudden passing bullet shook it dry.
The indwelling spider ran to greet the fly,
But finding nothing, sullenly withdrew.

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Poet Robert Frost 1874–1963

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Death, Animals

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Robert Frost holds a unique and almost isolated position in American letters. “Though his career fully spans the modern period and though it is impossible to speak of him as anything other than a modern poet,” writes James M. Cox, “it is difficult to place him in the main tradition of modern poetry.” In a sense, Frost stands at the crossroads of 19th-century American poetry and modernism, for in his verse may be found the . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Death, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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