The Oven Bird

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"The Oven Bird" is a 1916 poem by Robert Frost, first published in Mountain Interval. The poem is written in sonnet form and describes an ovenbird singing.

It has been described as a quintessential Frost poem.[1] Several Frost biographers and critics have interpreted the poem as autobiographical.[2] Harold Bloom argues that the bird in Frost is "at best a compromised figure" who learns in singing not to sing.[3]


  1. ^ Little, Michael R. (ed.) Bloom's How to Write about Robert Frost. Infobase Publishing, ISBN 978-1-60413-347-9
  2. ^ Maxson, H. A. (2005). On the Sonnets of Robert Frost: A Critical Examination of the 37 Poems. McFarland, ISBN 978-0-7864-2420-7
  3. ^ Bloom, Harold (2003). Robert Frost. Infobase Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7910-7443-5

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