Fridays with Frost #18

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Bond And Free

Love has earth to which she clings
With hills and circling arms about–
Wall within wall to shut fear out.
But Thought has need of no such things,
For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.

On snow and sand and turn, I see
Where Love has left a printed trace
With straining in the world’s embrace.
And such is Love and glad to be
But Thought has shaken his ankles free.

Thought cleaves the interstellar gloom
And sits in Sirius’ disc all night,
Till day makes him retrace his flight
With smell of burning on every plume,
Back past the sun to an earthly room.

His gains in heaven are what they are.
Yet some say Love by being thrall
And simply staying possesses all
In several beauty that Thought fares far
To find fused in another star. 

Robert Frost


2 responses to “Fridays with Frost #18

  1. I have not heard this poem before … and admits to struggling to what it is about. Love of the heart vs .the mind???

    It amazes me that there is a lot of things about poetry … about imagry and symbolism I do not understand … ok…google time for me.

  2. Meaning: The poem Bond and Free shows the contrast between Love and Thought. It shows how Love is bonded, this poem describes Love with words like cling, walls, and thrall. This shows how Love is limited and tied down. Robert Frost decribes love as something that is not free, whereas Thought he describes as being Free. This poem depicts Thought as being with the stars and being unlimited. In this poem, words like dauntless, free, and faring far are used to describe Thought. Thought is sort of the opposite of Love in this poem in the sense that Love is bound and Thought is free.

    I googled – beautifully written. Thanks Kyred for the share. 🙂