"Flower Gathering" - Robert Frosthttp://vocaroo.com/i/s0TpGxFhnsz5
"Flower Gathering" was published in Frost's book of poetry; A Boy's Will in 1913. At the point in time when he decided to craft this poem, Elinor was pregnant with Frost's child, and "Frost went for long walks in the woods and meadows around Allenstown, sometimes with Elinor for company but often not; at this stage of her pregnancy, it was difficult for her to take extended walks, especially when climbing was involved"(Parini 56). Frost felt remorseful about abandoning his wife on these walks; his "guilt over going without her was caught in 'Flower Gathering'" in the beginning four lines. The third and fourth lines even go so far as to incriminate Elinor for "going a little way just to make him feel bad about continuing on"(Parini 57) his lonesome journey to gather flowers for his pregnant wife.
(page 12-13 in The Poetry of Robert Frost)
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