The Oven Bird Analysis by Robert Frost

The Oven Bird Analysis: At first in the beginning of the poem starting with the title, I thought the poem was going to be about roasting chicken and how life relates to that.

However once beginning to read I understand the poem was about seasons and about how birds interact in specifically the fall. The bird sings beautifully and it warns for the seasons I presume.


Everyone has heard a bird chirp,
Loud, in the middle of summer and in the forest,
Who make reverberation throughout the forest within the trees.
The birds warn when winter has past
When summer comes around with its infamous showers
And spring with its sunny days with occasional overcasts;
And comes that other fall we call autumn (fall).
The highway dust covers all
The bird could not be like other birds
Because he knows that it can sing better than other birds.
The question the bird asks himself
Is what to make of loss?

Syntax/Word Choice: “The Oven Bird” contains 14 lines, a noticeable rhyme scheme throughout the poem that follows AABCBDCDEEFGHG, and two couplets.

This poem can be described as a Petrarchan sonnet.

Robert Frost used assonance to fool with sound imagery, “O” and “I” vowel sounds. “And comes that other fall we name fall” is a pun that frost incorporated into this poem.

The Oven Bird Imagery: The imagery in this poem is mainly used to describe the seasonal changes and how they are noticed by the bird’s actions.

Such an example would be “He says that leaves are old and that for flowers/Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten,” which means that flowers, summer, and spring all coexist at some point.

The story explains how spring is a rebirth, winter is death, autumn is sickness, and summer is dryness and middle age.

Figurative language: Figurative language that can be inferred in this poem includes personification on the bird since they say that “He says the highway dust is overall.”

Tone: The tone that Robert Frost sets in this poem is somber, perplexed, and mystical.

The bird leaves the reader pondering, “The question that he frames in all but words/is to make of a diminishing thing.”

The Oven Bird Theme: The theme portrayed in this poem about the loss and gain that people make through changes.

The examples used by the seasons help illustrate that thought where when fall arrives the bird conforms with the other birds, becoming silent and calm.

Evaluation: After evaluating the poem, the “Oven Bird” is a poem about the circle of life and how life changes every season. It is understood that spring brings life and contentment, summer brings dryness and laziness, and fall brings signs of death.

The dryness of midsummer brings dust from roads into the woods where the bird lives, gathering on the organisms within the woods, making them less beautiful than they were in the spring.

The Oven Bird Analysis

The bird ceases its singing in the fall; it becomes like other birds and silently ponders a question. There is no special insight from the bird before it becomes silent, just the question.

The question refers to the difference of the beauty in spring and the death shown in the fall and winter. The loss can show the diminishment of life and hopes, of human life.

This tells that life is thought to be short and we should not dwell on the past—seize the day.
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