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  1. Mowing • By Robert Frost • Stephan Henry and Alex Bowman

  2. Robert Frost American Poet 1874-1963 First Books- “A Boy’s Will” and “North of Boston” Mowing is located in “A Boy’s Will” Frost makes character wonder about his world. Also about hard work.

  3. Audio Recording • There was never a sound beside the wood but one, • And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground. • What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself; • Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun, • Something, perhaps, about the lack of sound – • And that was why it whispered and did not speak. • It was no dream of the gift of idle hours, • Or easily gold at the hand of fay or elf. • Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak • To the earnest love that laid the swale in rows, • Not without feeble-pointed spikes of flowers • (Pale orchises), and scared a bright green snake. • The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows. • My long scythe whispered and left the hay to make.

  4. Summary of “Mowing” • Mowing with scythe. • Scythe whispers to ground. • Questions what scythe is saying. • Elaborates on answer. • Finishes poem.

  5. Audience • Hard workers • Non-Hard workers

  6. Setting • 1800’s • Open field of grass • Rural area • Summer

  7. Purpose of Poem • Contemplation: • Meaning of work • Joy of accomplishment • Comparison: • Hard workers • Non-Hard workers

  8. Central Theme • Accomplishment is the reward of hard work.

  9. Rhyme Scheme and Rhythm • Rhyme scheme- ABC ABD ECD GEH GH • Two lines of iambic pentameter; lines 5 and 12. • Most lines have 11 or 12 syllables

  10. Personification • Use of personification • Scythe • “….my long scythe whispering to the ground.” (2) • “Tuft of flowers”: “And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground.” (Line 34)

  11. Structure • Sonnet (14 lines) • Neither Petrarchan nor Shakespearean • Uses elements from both • Enjambment • Lines 9 and 11 • All other lines are end-stopped

  12. Diction • Diction- • “Or easy gold at the hand of fayor elf” (8). • “ To the earnestlove that laid the swale in rows” (10).

  13. Imagery • Imagery - Description of scene in the first 3 lines: • “There was never asound beside the woodbut one”. • “And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.”. • “What was it it whispered?”. (Consonance)

  14. Symbolism • Scythe = work • Pale orchises = obstacle • Scared bright green snake = obstacle • Lack of sound = method of work • Heat of the sun = stress

  15. Tone • Contemplative • Outreaching • Respectful

  16. Metaphor • “It was no dream of the gift of idle hours” (7). • “The fact is the sweetestdream that labor knows” (13).

  17. Irony • “The sweetest dream..” • Hard work pays off

  18. Allusion • Fay • Elf • Pale orchises – “Tuft of Flowers”

  19. Funny Connection? • “A Tuft of Flowers” • Same Mower • Same process at least • Mower, the swale in rows • “ ‘Men work together,' I told him from the heart,`Whether they work together or apart.’ ” (Lines 41,42).

  20. Works Cited • "Frost's Early Poems." Sparknotes. (2012): n. page. Print. • Shmoop Editorial Team. "Birches Audio, Video, Music, Photos" Shmoop.com. ShmoopUniversity, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 26 Sep. 2012.