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It has been said many times that all men have a common bond or a thread that joins them together Robert Frosts poem The Tuft of Flowers explores the existence of such a bond as experienced by the speaker In the everyday circumstance of performing a common chore the speaker discovers a sense of brotherhood with another laborer Frost contrasts a sense of aloneness with a sense of understanding to convey his theme of unity between men To understand the setting of the poem one must first understand how grass was mowed in the time period in which the poem was written 1906 Grass was mostly mowed by hand using a scythe The mowing was often done in the dew of the morning for better mowing This left the grass wet and it needed to be scattered for drying The phrase turning the grass refered to the scattering of the grass for drying In The Tuft of Flowers the speaker has gone out to turn the grass Whoever did the mowing is already gone for there are no signs of his presence The speaker is alone Then a butterfly catches the speakers attention and leads his gaze to a tuft of flowers which the mower chose to leave intact The patch of beauty left by his fellow worker causes the speaker to feel that he is no longer alone There is a sense of understanding between the speaker and the mower because an appreciation of beauty unites them Frost uses peaceful images to relate the feeling of his poem The setting is in a grassy field with a brook running through it The tranquil feeling is
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