Poem by Robert Frost

A Prayer in Spring

By: Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird

That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfil.

A.    Poem Summary

Title

Robert Frost’s poem under the title “A prayer in Spring” immediately shows the expression of gratitude to God’s blessing that relates to the whole content of the poem through a prayer. Prayer is the plea about of someone about something that is addressed to God.

Stanza 1

In the first stanza show about a prayer to god for happiness in the moment because it reminder that the present contains a bunch of wonderful gifts, one of those is spring time that means a time of rebirth or a time of fertility. In addition, the author asks that we don’t put our minds on the “uncertain harvest”. Its mean that we do not allow to think about something in the future that is still unreachable and unpredictable.

Stanza 2

In second stanza, Frost asking God for happiness and wants us to be happy along with everything else God has created. The author wants us to observe its beauty of God’s creations now and enjoy it, even at night when it resemble “ghosts.” in the last line tell as a progression of happy creatures going about their daily routine by expanding their activities in the beautiful trees.

Stanza 3

In third stanza show that the author asks to God for his friends, neighbors, and relatives be able to discover pleasure and joy in these natural springtime delights. It can look by the author who depicts “happy in the darting bird” a humming bird that resembles a “meteor” as it “thrusts in with needle bill”. In the last line “a blossom in mid air stands still.” So, by look this situation, the author prays to God for people around him.

Stanza 4

In the end stanza, Frost brings a person to aware and offers his reasoning that all of God’s creation is love. He believes that so many things in life are incomprehensible to the human mind and heart, therefore must be left to God and he ask us to send our best gratitude to God for the beautiful of everything.

B.     Theme

The theme of A Prayer in Spring poem could be the expression of God’s love. So, we have to trust in our God completely even we spring or change, has come he has given us everything to reach him and ask for his guidance.

C.    Style

Prayer in Spring poem by Robert Frost use the beauty rhyme of a-a-b-b-c-c-d-d-e-e-f-f-g-g-h-h to make this poem more interesting and beautiful. The evidence of rhyme :

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;         a

And give us not to think so far away                     a

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here                 b

All simply in the springing of the year.                b

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,           c

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;   c

And make us happy in the happy bees,                d

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.       d

And make us happy in the darting bird                e

That suddenly above the bees is heard,                e

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,         f

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.             f

For this is love and nothing else is love,              g

The which it is reserved for God above               g

To sanctify to what far ends He will,                     h

But which it only needs that we fulfil.                  h

The figurative language that use of this poem are:

Hyperbole

Prayer in Spring poem use hyperbole of the form “Oh,..” in the first line at first and second stanza. Frost uses it to depict the passion of the spring, and makes it sound like he prays to be able to find the pleasure in spring time.

Personification

The author uses personification in the fourth line of the third stanza, “And off a blossom in mid air stands still.” Before this line is “The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill”, its mean “the meteor” takes after a human action. The true meaning is the meteor stops moving.

Metaphor

Metaphor is direct comparison of two unlike things. The metaphor showed by the third line in third stanza that is “The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill”. In this case, the author mean that the meteor is bird which fly quickly through the air.

Simile

This poem uses simile in first stanza and second stanza. In the first stanza use the words “as” that is “And give us not to think so far away; as the uncertain harvest…” This simile compare between our mind of the future and the condition of uncertain harvest. In second stanza, the simile uses the word “like” that is “like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night”. This simile compare with the line before “oh, give us happy in the darting bird”. So, the first comparison is between the orchard white and nothing else by day. The second comparison is between the orchard white and ghost by night.

D.    Critical Overview

The “A prayer in Spring” poem is beautiful poem by Robert Frost.  The poem is about the expression of God’s love and ask us to pray for getting happiness or pleasure like in the spring time that is gifted by God at present and not think of anything unpredictable in the future, cause the future is God’s secret that is planned for His creatures. The beauty of this poem also seen of the style that used in this poem such as the nice rhyme a-a-b-b and several kinds of figurative language. So, this poem not only good to take the sense but also good and nice to heard.

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