Monday, July 16, 2012

Dust of Snow

The American poet Robert Frost wrote many beautiful poems.  Dust of Snow is not his most famous, but is very memorable.  In the poem, the narrator relates his experience with a crow.

The poem is very short.  It has only eight verses and they combine to form one sentence.  The rhyme scheme is a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d.  Here is the poem:

Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

The narrator recalls a special moment.  A crow shook bits of snow which looked like dust from a hemlock tree.  The snow fell on the narrator who stood below.  Though a brief moment, this touched the narrator's heart .  His mood changed and improved a day which until that moment he had regretted.

The poem serves to remind us that even simple, unexpected moments can make a big difference in one's day.  The dust of snow from the crow was not only unusual but also completely unexpected.  The incident helped to change the narrator's mood and brighten his day.

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