"A poem begins in delight but ends in wisdom". What is the brief meaning of this line?I want an expansion of this topic, please.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Robert Frost, the essential American poet, seemed to write simple poems with simple words and simple messages.  However, when you begin to study his words, complex subtlety emerges.  This line, "A poem begins in delight but ends in wisdom" is a perfect example.  This description of poetry allows the joy in the written word and the perfect example of saying much with a few words.  The end of the line "but ends in wisdom" illustrates the brilliant mind of Robert Frost, for he is saying that if we study a poem, we will gain the wisdom the author intended us to get from reading the poem.  So, while there is delight and joy at the perfection of words coming together to express an author's vision, wisdom is and should be a big part of what we gain from reading poetry. 

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filips | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

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When the poet invites the reader into the realm of his/her imagination the intent is both to charm and to send a message. Attraction is manifested in the artistic devices, the imagery, the language, the flow of feelings but in the end the relation started in beauty defines itself in wisdom, since the message involved has been transmitted and therefore not only the eye was enchanted but also the soul and the intellect. In order to be wise and understood , a poet should make use of sophisticately simply forwarded ideas.

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