Robert Frost´s The Tuft of Flowers and Harvest Song by Jean Toome

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In the fields filled with fertile soil and abundant plant life, laborers are often found immersed in their duties. Whether they show efforts to increase their personal profits or in fear of retributions from their employers, the laborers work silently for countless hours of the day. The only interaction available for many of these laborers is the interaction between themselves and the field itself. Due to this interaction, Robert Frost and Jean Toomer write about how workers seek to communicate with others in similar situations as themselves in order to gain comfort. They argue that workers in any kind of labor in the fields feel the loneliness that can only be relieved not verbally, but through fictional interactions between the worker and another worker. In Robert Frost’s “The Tuft of Flowers,” the unnamed speaker finds his fictional interaction by accident. At first, he suggests that all workers must be lonely, even if they work with each other. However, after following a butterfly with his eyes, he falls upon a tuft of flowers that was left behind by the worker before him. Although he realizes that the tuft was left for the previous worker’s own delight, the speaker claims, “Nevertheless, a message from the dawn, / That made me hear the wakening birds around, / And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground, / And feel a spirit kindred to my own; / So that henceforth I worker no more alone.” The speaker, after seeing the tuft of flowers, feels that he is no longer
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