Day 2

Robert Frost: Poems Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the significance of the title of the poem, "A Minor Bird"?

    Minor, in this case, reflects both the idea of being something relatively trivial and the idea of a minor key as the idea appears in music. A minor key is generally perceived as sad-sounding.

  2. 2

    What are some reasons people clap after they hear singing? Does the speaker clap for similar reasons?

    Generally, applause after a singing performance indicates approval, an audience thanking a performer. In this case, the speaker of this poem is clapping as a way of ending the bird's "performance," despite the fact that the bird is not performing and is of course unaware of this...

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