Does the poem "Flower Fed Buffaloes" express a general sense of loss--not just about the buffaloes but about the people who valued them as a part of their lives? Which words or lines indicate the...

Does the poem "Flower Fed Buffaloes" express a general sense of loss--not just about the buffaloes but about the people who valued them as a part of their lives? Which words or lines indicate the answer?

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jyurkonis | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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It is a sad (also very short) poem.  The poem mentions how fields of wheat have replaced the prairie flowers and grass that the buffalo need.  The writer (Vachel Lindsay) starts the poem by talking about the buffalo "In the days of long ago...", to give a feeling of loss and mourning; as opposed to something like "in the history of America...", which would give a more historical and educational feeling. The poem lightens a bit as the writer speaks of spring still being sweet but the mood goes back to sullen quickly with the ending lines about the two Native American Tribes that, like the flowers of the prairie, are also "lying low".

Please read the poem to get your own opinion.

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