Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

A Minor Bird - Poem by Robert Frost

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.


Comments about A Minor Bird by Robert Frost

  • Gee Kay (4/22/2016 4:18:00 PM)

    A blackbird sounds so hateful.
    His caw is not a song.
    When trying to enjoy nature,
    That hateful sound is just wrong! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (2/15/2016 10:35:00 AM)

    .......a minor bird is an excellent metaphor...very nicely expressed ★ (Report) Reply

  • Kenya Spear Kenya Spear (2/5/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poems by Frost, my favorite poet. The poem reminds me of myself, how I once acted up and was ugly and sad and when I was feeling angry, alone, mad and disappointed. Sometimes at those times, I took my frustrations out. displacement, I think it is called. (Report) Reply

  • Titto Mutunguti Titto Mutunguti (10/16/2015 4:04:00 PM)

    noisy bird, , like a hornbill... (Report) Reply

  • Kaviya Dharshini (9/28/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    very very nice poem, I enjoyed the poem very well. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope Pamela Sinicrope (9/7/2015 9:52:00 PM)

    Love Frost and I can relate to this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu Mark Arvizu (12/19/2014 10:41:00 AM)

    Silence is also a great song.... (Report) Reply

  • Samantha Anastasiou (12/15/2014 8:01:00 PM)

    He is troubled, he is sad, that is why he doesn't want to hear the bird's song. A bird's song is a lovely thing, a call of nature, or of love to a mate. Perhaps he is broken hearted and wants to shut himself away.... (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    This is an excellent and beautiful nature poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    This is an excellent and beautiful nature poem. (Report) Reply

  • Grace Miao (9/25/2014 11:18:00 AM)

    I mean, it depends. If the bird has a sound of a shrill, extremely loud lady, I would probably want it to leave. (Report) Reply

  • Nisarg Sukhadeve (5/20/2014 5:00:00 AM)

    This was an excellent rhymer! (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan Dawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 9:04:00 AM)

    This us really good (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:55:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/12/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    Birds will sing, donkeys bray
    But not for our ears so to say
    And we have no business silencing them
    When God so made them that way....

    All ye reading this welcome to my page too.... (Report) Reply

  • Charley Hurt (11/9/2013 6:02:00 PM)

    In 1953 my eighth grade Sedalia school teacher, suggested to our class (if I remember correctly) that the bird sings in the musical 'A-Minor' key. That's the way that bird was created/evolved...to have that characteristic song. Another bird, or another animal or any person, may sing a different 'Tune'. But he has the same right to sing his song as we have the right to express our songs, views and talents. When we listen to ALL the 'songs' we can come to a better consensus. We may even find UNITY, as Heavenly Father desires. Music enriches our life. A chorus can be more pleasing than a solo. If only the best bird, or person 'sang', we would have very little music in our world and that music would be a solo. I think the early miners in gassy mines were glad to hear the 'little' bird sing. I think all the meanings attached by others to Robert Frost's poem have merit...Which one is True? (Report) Reply

  • Nikki Pierre (7/26/2013 1:21:00 PM)

    I think this poem is about oppression. The man is bothered by the voice of the bird and wants to take away the bird's right to express itself in the way that comes naturally to it. But he realizes that the fault is not in the bird, but in his low tolerance for the bird's form of expression. There is something wrong in trying to silence any song- or any form of expression or someone else's happiness. (Report) Reply

  • Nilay Shah (6/26/2013 2:59:00 PM)

    I think the minor bird is a trivial thought that Frost does not want to think about anymore but he cant get it out of his head. Simple, elegant! (Report) Reply

  • Tj Zimmer (5/31/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    I think the man symbolizes the competitive society and the bird symbolizes the nature.We can say this poem tells us about the HUMANS distance from the NATURE. (Report) Reply

  • Aram Thaggard (5/7/2013 4:21:00 PM)

    I think it's about the remorse one feels after rejecting the validity of silver linings in the world.

    Obviously he's grouchy, wishing, willing, and trying the bird away to the point of exasperation, yet at the turning point he realizes that it's not the bird who is at fault, but him, for not acknowledging the beauty of the bird's song before he drove it away. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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