What message does the poem "The Frog and the Nightingale" convey?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do not trust frogs.  In all seriousness, I would say that the issue of blind trust and faith is one of the messages in Seth's poem.  The fact that the nightingale has real talent and skill, yet placed all of her trust in the frog's supposed "wisdom" is what ends up spelling out her own doom.  She never reflects to consider why the frog is being so "nice" to her, and what his agenda might be.  This brings to light the idea that there might be people with ulterior motives or agendas and this has to be scrutinized and analyzed in dealing with them.  The poem is not saying not to trust, but rather to be vigilant enough to be able to assess why people do what they do.  I think that another message that comes out of the poem is that individuals with talent should be able to hear their own voice and embrace their own vision as opposed to being persuaded and influenced by someone else's.  The nightingale's embrace of her own talent was absent and not clearly defined, which ended up causing her to believe the words of the frog and destroying her own voice.