William H. Pritchard: On "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be The Same"

Though it is probably wrong to speak either of wildness or a "joke" in relation to "Never Again Would Birds' Song. . .," still the "eloquence so soft" with which Frost unrolls this quietest and most discreet of his sonnets, has about it the air of a tour de force. Like his heroine Eve, he has added "an oversound" to the world of created sounds--bird calls, love calls, sonnets, in which he lives. The sonnet's cunning phrasing, with its artfully polite phrases--"Admittedly," "Moreover," "Be that as may be," all at the beginning of lines--suggests the impressive blend of delicacy and firmness with which the case is made for Eve's persistence in song. . . .

From Robert Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered. Copyright © 1984 by William Pritchard.


Title William H. Pritchard: On "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be The Same" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author William H. Pritchard Criticism Target Robert Frost
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 15 Feb 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Robert Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered
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