Two Look at Two

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Blank-verse poem by Robert Frost, published in New Hampshire (1923).

A pair of lovers climb a wooded mountain, and at the approach of night prepare to turn back but are halted on seeing a doe staring at them across a fence. The spell broken when she calmly walks off, they are about to go on again, but are stopped a second time by the appearance in the same place of “an antlered buck of lusty nostril” who “viewed them quizzically with jerks of head.” After a moment he too disappears, but the lovers stand spellbound,As if the earth in one unlooked-for favorHad made them certain earth returned their love.

Subjects: Literature.

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