Poem Analysis: Never Again Would Birds Song Be The Same

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“Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same” by Robert Frost is a sonnet that describes and compares the voice of someone he admires to the sounds of the birds and the way their sound travels. An initial inference before reading this sonnet reveals itself in the title. Frost reveals that there will be a change in the birds’ song –it will never be the same. In order to understand the change that will occur in this sonnet, it is important to understand the entirety of the sonnet—the theme, sound pattern, rhyme, and sense.
In general, this sonnet is about the positive impact a loved one leaves on their surroundings as told by someone who admires her deeply. Frost explores this topic through the story of Adam and Eve. Frost sets the scene in a
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For example, in lines one and three “believe” and “Eve” are conceptually related through the religious influence of this poem. Another example would be in lines ten and twelve. “Crossed” and “lost” are related through the idea that Eve’s voice is now intertwined with the song of the birds. The “V” sound in voice and the “N” sound in “never” are two of the consonants that prevail in the poem. The hard sounds of “voice” and “never” emphasize the importance of Eve’s voice and the impact she left on the birds’ song. “Never” is an important word in the poem because it emphasizes permanent change. “Voice” is an important word in the poem because essentially, the entire sonnet is generally about the impact of a voice. The vowels that prevail throughout the poem are the “E” in Eve and the “O” sounds in “lost”, “aloft”, and “long” among many others. The vowel sounds in each of these words contribute to the movement of the sonnet as well as the concepts of the sonnet. The “e” in Eve emphasizes the story of Adam and Eve, but it also does more than that. The “e” sound resembles the chirp of a bird. This sound impacts the unity of Eve’s voice and the birds’ song. The cluster of “o” sounds in “lost”, “aloft”, and “long” make elongated sounds just as the chirps of a bird would be lengthy like a song. The stretch of the “o” sounds of these words creates tension between lines three, six, and lines

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