I’m a little late with my poem post…this is actually for last week.
To read the poem, Spring Pools by Robert Frost, click here.
Like many poems by Robert Frost, this poem uses the changing of seasons to represent how fleeting life truly is. Just like nature, people too are always aging, changing, and transforming and eventually, dying.
In this poem, the Spring pools show are like a still mirror, showing us “the total sky without defect” (Line 2). The pools of water reflect the perfectness of the world for a moment. But, it doesn’t last long. As Spring arrives, the flowers bloom and drink up the water by their roots. The pools only give an illusion of perfect stillness and constancy, for they are really always diminishing as the flowers and trees absorb their water. And, as the pools dry up, the flowers can no longer exist in perfect beauty. “And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,/ will like the flowers beside them soon be gone” (Lines 3-4).Nothing lasts forever. Like the flowers in the forest, we are born, we grow, we live, we adapt, and we die.
The poem goes on to mention trees with “pent-up buds” (Line 7) that also drink up the Spring pools. Frost blames the trees for darkening the forest, dropping their seeds and growing new trees, all of which will soak up even more of the waters that we all require for life.
“Let them [the trees] think twice before they use their powers/
To blot out and drink up and sweep away/
These flowery waters and watery flowers/
From snow that melted only yesterday.” (Lines 9-12)
Frost wants us to remember that we cannot exist alone. He warns against the greediness of the trees to drink up all the waters of the pools for themselves alone. Nature and life exist in a never-ending cycle. The snow of winter melted to create the pools, the pools are responsible for nourishing the flowers and the trees of the forest. The trees cannot exist on their own. They rely on the melted snow of winter just as much as they need the shining sun of Spring and Summer.
We do not go through life alone. No one can exist without the help of another. We lean on each other, we support each, we help each other in a never-ending cycle of life.