Man and Nature in “The Oven Bird”

In “The Oven Bird” by Robert Frost, the speaker describes the bird as a singer that everyone has heard. The bird’s singing is representative of the change of seasons in the poem as well. The songs “makes the solid tree trunks sound again” and the bird says that “the early petal-fall is past.” When fall comes, the bird stops singing until the seasonal cycle begins again, which can be a metaphor for the cycle of life and death, which is a natural occurance. The speaker then refers to the bird as “he”, where nature and man are alike, if not, the same.

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  1. Why do you think the bird is given a gender in the first place? Since you say nature and man are alike, could the bird be Frost or a person in general? Also, what role do you think the ‘oven’ plays in relation to the bird and the cycle of life?

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