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Fragmentary Blue

Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?

Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)—
Though some savants make earth include the sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet. 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 2, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“Fragmentary Blue” was published in New Hampshire (Henry Holt, 1923).

Author


Robert Frost

One of the most celebrated figures in American poetry, Robert Frost was the author of numerous poetry collections, including including New Hampshire (Henry Holt and Company, 1923). Born in San Francisco in 1874, he lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont. He died in Boston in 1963.

Date Published: 1923-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/fragmentary-blue