Annotated and Illuminated Poem

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Annotated and Illuminated Poem

Dumb -- temporarily unable to speakWhy can't he or she speak. Does the poet look that different?

Do you know me in the what?Gloaming = Twilight or dusk.So it is not still morning?

He can't be that much thinner, he's only been gone a day. Gaunt may mean thin and worn out looking. He's been working all day??? But why wouldn't his wife know him? He can't have changed that much?

The first lines bring a visual to my mind. The author is leaving someone else and it's morning time. The other person walked a bit of the way with the poet.

I left you in the morning,And in the morning glowYou walked a way beside meTo make me sad to go.Do you know me in the gloaming,Gaunt and dusty gray with roaming?Are you dumb because you know me not,Or dumb because you know? All for me? And not a questionFor the faded flowers gayThat could take me from beside youFor the ages of a day?They are yours, and be the measureOf their worth for you to treasure,The measure of the little whileThat I've been long away.

Poet: Robert FrostFrost was a poet for the average American. He used typical rural scenes familiar to almost everyone to explore deep philosopical and spiritual ideas. He was greatly admired in his own time, winning four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and speaking at President Kennedy's inauguration.

Flower Gatheringby Robert Frost

Reading a poem. Seeing a picture. I immediately see an image in my mind when I read the title of this poem.

What is making him sad -- walking with his wife or leaving his wife behind?

Was it done on purpose?

Gaunt = excessively thin

Does dumb mean something different here? What?

Who is he calling dumb? Or is he calling them dumb?

Know What????

All what? For Who???? Who is talking now? The Poet or Friend?

It's not? Then what is it?

The question is asked by the other person. It must be his wife. It wasn't a question to the flowers, but more like an exclamation of surprise for the poet. You brought me all these flowers?!?! Remember the poem's title.

He's been roaming -- so he hasn't been at work. What has he been doing? Gathering flowers? Wow! Why would he do that? Does he like flowers that much?

I wonder if she was struck dumb because she was so surprised by the flowers? Was this very out of character for the poet?

She had walked with him for awhile and but he says she made him sad to go. So why didn't he stay instead of going out all day and what did she know? Did he want to be away from her for awhile because they had argued? Were the flowers a peace offering or just a gift?

Faded flowers -- they are wilted???Note alliteration -- makes it sound prettier than wilted flowers.

He's been gone from morning to gloaming or twilight -- all day.

So who is talking? Possibly the poet? Who is you? If it is Frost talking and he's leaving in the morning then perhaps he left his wife? Maybe he's going to work? It must be a pretty morning because he talks of the morning glow.

The flowers are for her and he hopes that they are worth the time he has been away from her.

Are these lines an oxymoron? Opposites in meaning? "Little while he has been long away." Does he mean he's actually been gone only a short time but it seems like ages or he's been away for a long while and the time pased quickly? Did he really miss her or did he enjoy his time away?

Perhaps it only seemed a short while for him because he was having a good time, but she was home by herself. Maybe it wasn't so fun for her. She thought he had been gone a very long time. Perhaps that is why he brought her the flowers even though they were wilted.


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