Dust of Snow By Robert Frost

Crow and tree

Class10 NCERT- CBSE Board English Solution||Summary ||Explanation and Question Answer

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Today, I will be discussing the Poem Dust of Snow by Robert Frost. I ensure you will get a better idea to write the summary, central idea, and explanation of the poem orderly. You will be able to write the specification and figure of speech used in this poem too. After reading this page you will find the secret to score outstanding marks in the board examination.

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  • About the Poet,
  • Short introduction of the Poem
  • Stanza-wise explanation along with reference and context
  • Keywords and Quick Point after each Stanza
  • The central idea of  The Poem
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  • Relevant Quotations and statements
  • Specification (Themes and figure of speech etc.)

Summary: Dust of Snow

This poem is about the poet, the crow, the tiny snow and a Hemlock tree. It starts with the extremely sad poet who was standing next to a hemlock tree, and a crow who was sitting on a branch of the tree. Then the crow reshifted it’s position, and a small portion of snow fell onto the poet from the tree.

And witnessing a sudden fall of tiny snow particles on herself, the poet forgot all her grief, tensions and anxieties. Through this incident, the poet wanted to portray the goodness in the things, which we hate to no extent and consider them very unauspicious.

Be it the poisonous tree of Hemlock or one of the most unauspicious birds, crow, people normally avoid them. As both these are considered disastrous and scary, the poet wanted to convey the message that every element of nature is helpful in some or the other way.

Summary In Hindi

यह कविता कवि, कौआ, छोटे बर्फ और हेमलॉक के पेड़ के बारे में है। यह अत्यंत दुखी कवि के साथ शुरू होता है जो एक हेमलॉक पेड़ के बगल में खड़ा था, और एक कौवा जो पेड़ की एक शाखा पर बैठा था।

तब कौवा ने इसे फिर से खोला और बर्फ का एक छोटा हिस्सा कवि से पेड़ पर गिर गया। और खुद पर छोटे बर्फ के कणों के अचानक गिरने के साक्षी कवि ने अपने सभी दुःख, तनाव और चिंताओं को भुला दिया। इस घटना के माध्यम से, कवि चीजों में अच्छाई को चित्रित करना चाहता था, जिसे हम किसी भी हद तक नफरत करते हैं और उन्हें बहुत अशुभ मानते हैं।

यह हेमलॉक का जहरीला पेड़ हो या सबसे अशुभ पक्षियों में से एक, कौवा, लोग आमतौर पर उनसे बचते हैं। जैसा कि इन दोनों को विनाशकारी और डरावना माना जाता है, कवि यह संदेश देना चाहता था कि प्रकृति का प्रत्येक तत्व कुछ में सहायक है
या अन्य तरीके से

Note: Hindi translation is a machine translation so you are recommended to rely on English version.

Central Idea

With every falling flake, a unique spark of interest falls from heaven.

Percy Miller

The poem revolves around the fact that every element of nature is necessary for each other. It emphasizes that nothing is unauspicious as everything helps each other in some or another way. In the eye of the poet, nothing is inferior. The sign of negativity and inferiority of any natural element is the formation of human being.

Difficult Words

Shook– all shaken up
Hemlock– a poisonous tree with small white flowers
Rued– Regretted

Question Answers

Q1. What is a “dust of snow”? What does the poet say has changed his mood? How has the poet’s mood changed?

Answer: “Dust of snow” denotes the micro particles of snow. The poet says that her mood changed due to the sudden fall of snow on her body.

Initially the poet was very sad and was repenting for something, but when due the reshifting of a crow on the Hemlock, tiny particles of snow fell on her, she got elated to such an extent that she forgot all her pain, grief and tensions, and got lost into the beauty of nature.

Q 2. How does Frost present nature in this poem? The following questions may help you to think of an answer.

(i) What are the birds that are usually named in poems? Do you think a crow is often mentioned in poems? What images come to your mind when you think of a crow?

Answer: Sparrow, Nightingale, Peacock, and some Siberian birds are usually named in poems. On the contrary, Crows are rarely used in a poem. Crow is often portrayed as the sign of disaster, and therefore it is often used as a dark shade characters.
(ii) Again, what is “a hemlock tree”? Why doesn’t the poet write about a more ‘beautiful’ tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine?

Answer: Hemlock trees are medium to large size evergreen trees, which are considered very poisonous.
The poet doesn’t write about a more beautiful tree such as maple, or oak and pine because due to its poisonous nature, the Hemlock tree is considered bad, and while writing the poem, the poet wanted to establish the fact that every element of nature is helpful, even if it is a poisonous tree.

(iii) What do the ‘crow’ and ‘hemlock’ represent — joy or sorrow? What does the dust of snow that the crow shakes off a hemlock tree stand for
Answer: As per the common belief, both crow and the hemlock tree represent sorrow. The dust of snow that the crow shakes off a hemlock tree stands for the minute particles of snow which brought back the smile of the poet.

Explanation of Stanza

Stanza 1
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree


The poet describes the scene where a place has recently experienced a snowfall, and a crow is sitting on a hemlock tree. So, when the crow reshifted itself, and the poet went by that tree, few snow particles fell on his body from the branch where the crow was sitting.

Stanza 2
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.


Due to some unknown reasons, the poet was extremely sad that day. But as soon as the snow fell on his body, he forgot all his pain and griefs, and ultimately got relieved of the that he was carrying so far. In the end, the poet says that the snowfall on his body from the tree made him feel that at least a small part of that
day got saved from the sadness

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Objective Questions

  1. Who is the poet of the the Poem?

a) Leslie Norris

b) Robert Frost

c) Carolyn Wells

d) William Wordsworth

2. Why the poet calls it the dust of snow?

a) The snow particles are very tiny

b) they came over him like dust

c) they felt like dust

d) They look like dust

3. What does dust of snow represent?

a) cool weather

b) small particles of snow

c) healing Power of nature

d) The Positive mood of the Poet

4.The crow and hemlock tree is symbolize ….

a) victory

b) happiness

c) celebration

d) sorrow

5.What is the Rhyme scheme of the poem

a) bbaa

b) abab

c) aabb

d) abba

Content writer: Vaishnai Tripathi Edited by Shadab Akhter

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