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March 26, 1874 –

January 29, 1963

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A Concrete or Shaped Poem

By Robert Frost

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See how he dives

 

   From the rocks with a zoom!

 

     See how he darts

 

         Through his watery room

 

              Past crabs and eels

 

                  And green seeweed,

 

                      Past fluffs of sandy

 

                 Minnow feed!

 

               See how he swims

 

         With a swerve and a twist,

 

             A flip of the flipper,

 

                A flick of the wrist!

 

                     Quicksilver-quick,

 

                           Softer than spray,

 

                  Down he plunges

 

              And sweeps away;

 

        Before you can utter

 

            Words like "Dill pickle"

 

               Or "Apple butter,"

 

                    Back up he swims

 

                      Past Sting Ray and Shark,

 

                        Out with a zoom,

 

                           A whoop, a bark;

 

                              Before you can say

 

                   Whatever you wish,

 

              He plops at your side

 

       With a mouthful of fish!