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Robert Frost (1874–1963).  Miscellaneous Poems to 1920.  1920.
 
5. Fragmentary Blue
 
(From Harper’s Magazine, July 1920.)
 
 
WHY make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?
 
Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)—        5
Though some savants make earth include the sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet.
 

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