The Wind And Window Flower, by Robert Frost, can be read on both the literaland symbolic level. On one hand this is a story of windy winter day. Of a window flowerand a winter breeze. On the other hand, this is a story of heartbreak and unrequited love.
A story of a man who falls in love with a woman who is to different from himself andhas his heart broken when she will not return his love.
The story begins with the narrator telling us to forget about our own love andlisten to his story of love between a window flower and a winter breeze.
The noon day sun has melted the frost from the window and we see the windowflower, with a yellow bird singing in a cage above her. The winter breeze is blowing andthen dies down, only to pick up again at night fall. The breeze, like winter, is cold,lonely, icy and harsh with no warmth at all.
The winter breeze blows hard against thewindow shaking it. Those who are still awake inside notice the window rattling, and thewind blowing. If the breeze could, it would blow through the window, blowing thewindow flower away. Away from this room with its fire reflected in the mirror, and theglow of the warm stove. Yet no matter how the winter breeze rattles and shakes the sashit can’t get inside to the window flower. Unaffected, the window flower just sits there,protected by the window and the warmth of the stove. By morning the winter breeze isgone, blowing elsewhere a hundred miles away.
Symbolically the window flower could be a beautiful young girl who is refined,educated, cultured. She is well taken care and from a world of comfort, and warmth.
As he passes by and sees her through a window and he...