Monday, November 29, 2010

A Winter Eden

snow,Seattle,Cowen Park
"A Winter Eden" -- such a positive title, but the poem leaves us with a wistful, if not somber, mood. It's not that the little winter garden isn't Eden under a sunny sky; it's that the time of light and activity is so short that the speaker casts a bit of doubt on whether it's worth one's while to get up at all.

Robert Frost's winter poems, as a body, give quite a mixture of images; some highlight the season's beauty, others its harshness. "A Winter Eden" includes some very contrasting images.