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"Mowing" seems to me to be about work. It seems ironic that he was such a bad bad farmer. He worked on and off his entire life at farming and never was able to support his family on it. He seemed to want to be a farmer, but...

But in the poem he talks about love of hard work etc...so what kind of work did Frost do, what work did he love. I think most will agree it is Poetry. I think this poem has to be read on some level as a discussion of his art or the process of writing. Writing poems was the hard work that Frost does. He would work and work his lines of poetry until he thought they were right. Perhaps this was not physically challenging, but it certainly is mentally challenging. Frost returns to this theme of the difficulty and work involved in creating his poetry throughout his career, often dicussing the need to "hibernate" after a spurt of creativity. We'll see this in "After Apple Picking."

I said in the previous post that knowledge of hard work was a reward. I think there is another element in this and that is loving the work. Frost writes:

Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak
To the earnest love that laid the swale in rows,
Not without feeble-pointed spikes of flowers
(Pale orchises), and scared a bright green snake.
The fact is the sweetest dream that labour knows.


Work done in "earnest love" has its price (cutting down the flowers, scaring the snake) but that is the basic fact of labour. It ain't easy and it takes its toll. But if it is done with earnest love, that price is worth the reward. At least thats my take--I could be way off.

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