He rejects the idea that it speaks of something dreamlike or supernatural, gradually he determines that the scythe may be expressing its own
beliefs about the world. Instead of dreaming about inactivity or reward for its labor as a person would, the scythe takes its sole pleasure from its hard work. It receives satisfaction from “the fact” of its earnest labor in the field, not from transient dreams or irrational hopes. The speaker need not call on fanciful invention.
Hammer, Langdon. The first of two Yale Univ. lectures on Frost by a well-known academic expert in modern poetry. "The poetry and life of Robert Frost are characterized in opposition to the works of nineteenth-century poets and Modernists Eliot and Pound. Frost's poetic project, how he positions himself among his contemporaries, his poetics of work, and his concept of 'the sound of sense' are discussed." Available as an audio file, video file, or transcript. Yale Univ., English 310, Spring 2007.
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Symbolism: He has used different symbolic words; such as: “whisper”. The word is significant because it personifies the scythe, transforming it into a companion and working colleague for the narrator rather than an inanimate farming tool. His emphasis on reality — the lives and struggles of real people — makes his poetry sweeter and more effective than any traditional sonnet that narrates fairytale lands. Yet, in the true sense Frost’s “Mowing,” is far more significant than imaginative fancies of gold and sprites.