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Posted April 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM via web

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What can one infer about Elizabeth Brewster's mindset from this line: "And there blows a frosty wind from fields of snow" ?

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Posted April 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM (Answer #1)

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One can infer about Elizabeth Brewster's mindset, from the line "And there blows a frosty wind from fields of snow", that she is focusing on the toil and hardships in everyday life - and even the common fears that people face in their everyday existence.

She begins this poem talking about how people are the product of where they came from - their place of birth, environment, culture, and the customs and traditions of their homeland and where they grew up. She talks of how some people come from a city environment and how she came from a more agrarian culture.

A notable line in the poem, leading to the final line quoted above is...

     Spring and winter are the mind's chief seasons: ice and the   breaking of ice.

It seems that she's alluding to the constant struggle to survive in life - both physically and spiritually - through the continual effort to break through the cold, hard impasses that can hinder our happiness and also our development as human beings.

Therefore she closes with the line "A door in the mind blows open, and there blows a frosty wind from fields of snow", to remind us of human struggle, and fearful and sometimes doubtful human thoughts concerning our ability to handle the daily pressures of life we face.

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Posted April 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM (Answer #2)

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One can infer about Elizabeth Brewster's mindset, from the line "And there blows a frosty wind from fields of snow", that she is focusing on the toil and hardships in everyday life - and even the common fears that people face in their everyday existence.

She begins this poem talking about how people are the product of where they came from - their place of birth, environment, culture, and the customs and traditions of their homeland and where they grew up. She talks of how some people come from a city environment and how she came from a more agrarian culture.

A notable line in the poem, leading to the final line quoted above is...

     Spring and winter are the mind's chief seasons: ice and the   breaking of ice.

It seems that she's alluding to the constant struggle to survive in life - both physically and spiritually - through the continual effort to break through the cold, hard impasses that can hinder our happiness and also our development as human beings.

Therefore she closes with the line "A door in the mind blows open, and there blows a frosty wind from fields of snow", to remind us of human struggle, and fearful and sometimes doubtful human thoughts concerning our ability to handle the daily pressures of life we face.

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