What is the meaning of the poem "The Little Garden" by Amy Lowell?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not know if this is what the author of the poem meant, but I think you can say that the poem means that faith in God and God's love can make miracles happen.

Of course, the word "God" is not actually in the poem, but there is the word "faith" and the last line about a great love.

If you look at it this way, you can say the poem is about how God can make "wonders" happen even in places that seem desolate.  The little garden is in a place where it should not be able to grow much, but faith makes it bloom and then it comes to life.  The last line implies that it is a "great love" that makes it bloom.

I guess you could also say the same thing without the religious reference.  You could say that love in general can work wonders on the human heart.  That if we have love, and we have faith in that love, our hearts can bloom.

juliereim | Student
  • A little garden on a bleak hillside
    Where deep the heavy, dazzling mountain snow
    Lies far into the spring. The sun's pale glow
    Is scarcely able to melt patches wide
    About the single rose bush. All denied
    Of nature's tender ministries. But no, --
    For wonder-working faith has made it blow
    With flowers many hued and starry-eyed.
    Here sleeps the sun long, idle summer hours;
    Here butterflies and bees fare far to rove
    Amid the crumpled leaves of poppy flowers;
    Here four o'clocks, to the passionate night above
    Fling whiffs of perfume, like pale incense showers.
    A little garden, loved with a great love!