How does Frost present nature in this poem? The following
questions may help you to think of an answer.
(i) What are the birds that are usually named in poems? Do you
think a crow is often mentioned in poems? What images come to
your mind when you think of a crow?
(ii) Again, what is
poet write about a more
tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine?
(iii) What do the
represent - joy or
sorrow? What does the dust of snow that the crow shakes off a
hemlock tree stand for?
Frost has presented nature in quite an
unconventional manner. While in other nature poems
we come across birds such as nightingales or sparrows, Frost has
used a crow in this poem. A crow can be associated with something
dark, black, and foreboding. That is why other poets usually
mention singing nightingales or beautiful white doves in their
Also, the poet has written about a hemlock
tree, which is a poisonous tree. He has not written about a more
beautiful tree such as a maple, or oak, or pine because these
trees symbolise beauty and happiness. Frost wanted to symbolise
the feelings of sadness and regret, which is why he has used a
The crow and the hemlock tree represent
sorrow. The dust of snow that is shaken off the hemlock tree by
the crow stands for joy that Frost experiences. He has,
therefore, used an unconventional tree and bird in order to
contrast them with joy in the form of snow.
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