Dust of Snow- Short & Detailed Summary

Dust of Snow

By- Robert Frost

Summary in English- Dust of Snow


Dust of Snow’ is an awful poem of nature by Robert Frosty In this poem a symbolic incident is present The poet is standing under  a hemlock tree. He is in a sad mood. He thinks that his day has been lost then a crow shakes the hemlock tree-and the dust of snow falls on him. This little incident brings about a sudden change in the state of the poet’s mind. His mood has ‘changed. He thinks that it has saved the rest of his day and gets busy with his work like the crow.

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1.Flakes of Snow: It was a day of winter. It was snowing all around. A fine dust of snow had covered the tops of the trees. A hemlock tree was standing there. The top of the hemlock tree was all covered with the fine dust of snow. The poet was standing under that hemlock tree.

2. Sudden Arrival of a Crow, Falling of Snow Dust on Poet: A crow from nowhere came and perched on the top of the tree. The sudden movement of the crow made the dust of snow fall down. The flakes of snow fell on the poet who was standing under that tree.

3. Simple Natural Happening: The arrival of a crow and its sitting on the hemlock tree is just an ordinary happening. There is nothing great about the incident. On the other hand, the crow stands for an ill omen and the hemlock the tree is associated with poison. But these seemingly simple things of nature leave a deep impact on the mind and mood of the poet.

4. Change in the Mood: This ordinary incident leaves a deep impact on the poet. So far it has been a very dull and disappointing day for the poet. The day has not gone well for him. But the falling of the flakes and dust of snow on him are welcome signs for the poet. His mood changes for the better and his spirits are uplifted. Now he realises that the whole day has not gone waste. Those moments while he is enjoying the fall of snow dust on him are his happy moments. They lift up his mood and gladden his heart. Now he realises that at least some part of the day has been spent happily. In the end, satisfaction replaces regret.

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