The aim was song

The Aim was Song
Robet Frost--March 26, 1874--January 29, 1963

Before man came to blow it right
   The wind once blew itself untaught,
And did its loudest day and night
   In any rough place where it caught.

Man came to tell it what was wrong:
   It hadn't found the place to blow;
It blew too hard--the aim was song.
   And listen --how it ought to go!

He took a little in his mouth,
   And held it long enough for north
To be converted into south, 
   And then by measure blew it forth.

By measure. It was word and note,
   The wind the wind had meant to be--
A little through the lips and throat.
   The aim was song--the wind could see.

The Aim was Song was first published in The Measure:
A Journal of Poetry Vol. 1, no. 1, March 1921, and later
appeared in Robert Frost's collection, New Hampshire, 
Henry Holt & Company, in 1923. Mark Richardson,
professor of English at Doshisha University in 
Kyoto, writes in The Ordeal of Robert Frost: The Poet 
and his poetics that "through us nature excess itself
in form, Frost says, and brings us to the place where
nature evolves into culture, where chaos resolves itself
through human agency into something "created" orderly.
The Wind is articulated or measured out in speech, and 
not only into speech, but song--poetry. 
 

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