Reluctance

I read this today and I’m just awed by how succinctly he describes the changing seasons. Notice how he uses “wither” and “whither.”

Frost is a master. No denying that. But this one, I think this is one of his incredibly haunting works.

Reluctance
             -Robert Frost

Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last long aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question ‘Whither?’

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

And if you’re interested, check out this link here. It’s a recitation of the poem. The site says Robert Frost but, I really don’t know or care. This is a beautiful reading. 🙂

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2 responses to “Reluctance

  1. Siddharth Rajvanshi

    The last para is a master stroke. Had been quite a while. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. sprinklesofchatter

    I know!
    Also, look at his word play!
    Can’t you completely hear him in the woods? Scraping, creeping…have these words ever been used better?!! 😀
    The musicality of the 3rd para.
    And the infinite knowledge of the last para! There was a reason I shared it. 🙂

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