Analysis Of The Poem ' Blue Butterfly Day '

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Introduction and Objective

In Robert Frost’s poem “Blue-Butterfly Day” the speaker compares the blue butterflies to “sky-flakes” that fall to the ground in flurries just like snow. What does this comparison say about how the speaker of the poem feels about the butterflies? The speaker could have said the butterflies “dropped to the ground in mangled clumps.” How would that comparison have changed the feel of the poem? In this lesson we will examine how comparisons affect the feel of the poem.

Today 's lesson objective is: Students will explain how the author’s use of similes and/or metaphors contributes to the meaning and tone of the poem.

Take a moment to think about the learning skills and strategies you will need to accomplish today’s objective. How can word choice affect your feelings? How do comparisons help us understand more about the meaning of a poem? Open your digital notebook and describe your strategy and the learning skills you will use to succeed in this lesson.

Instruction, Modeling and Student Activities


Poets use comparisons frequently to help them discuss two or more things. Poets can use similes or metaphors to make these comparisons. A simile is a comparison that uses the words “like” or “as.” When Robert Frost says “life is too much like a pathless wood,” then he is using a simile.

A metaphor is a comparison that states one thing is the other. When
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