Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Week 2 Post 2

Fireflies in the Garden- Robert Frost

Here came real stars to fill upper skies,
And here on eath come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can't sustain the part.

The poem starts out with talking about real stars and how they come out in the night and fill the skies with their bright shine. The stars are out of reach and are heavenly in state. Then the speaker describes starlike creatures on earth. Though fireflies are nothing like stars they have a bright shine that light up the night here on earth. The speaker describes how fireflies are not as large as stars and never wanted to mimic stars, the fireflies do begin as stars. In the night sky a star seems like a speck but in reality they are huge massess billions and billions of miles away. Fireflies are close to us here on earth but about the same size as a star as we see it in the sky.

The poem talks about something so small and compares it to something massive. Even though a small insect, a firefly can have traits like the massive stars. The poem suggests that just because something is small doesn't mean that it can't have the same effect as something as large as a star. We percieve stars as something beautiful and bright that decorates the sky at night. Well, the speaker is also saying that even though fireflies don't have the power to stay like stars, they can start out as stars and give a beautiful temporary design.

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