Explanation of the poem the most beautiful flower all stanza

I have explained all stanzas of the poem the Most beautiful flower written by Cheryl L. Costello-Forshey. The poetess has given us a very strong and motivational message in this poem. The poem is included in English course of class 11 here in Pakistan Federal Board of Intermediate and secondary education Islamabad. FBISE HSSC part 1 students can take these English notes to prepare for their English paper.

Explanation of the poem the most beautiful flower all stanza

Explanation of the poem The Most Beautiful Flower

Here is the explanation of all stanzas of the poem:

Stanza 1 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess has described her own state of mind and the environment where she was sitting.  The writer arrives in the park and found an empty bench. She sat there and begun to read. The bench lies beneath the branches of an old willow tree. She was thinking as if her life disillusioned and she had no reason to be happy. The thought of the world teasing and harming me was in her mind. 

This stanza shows us the internal feelings, hopelessness and frustration of the poetess. She has perhaps ran away from life and has taken here the shelter under the tree. She is absorbed in her own painful thoughts. She is cursing her life and complaining the nature for its harsh behaviour towards her.

Stanza 2 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess writes that as she was sitting under the willow tree absorbed in thoughts, a boy came to her. He seemed to have been playing around as he was out of breath. He lowered his head and stood in front of the poetess. He then claimed that he had found something special for the poetess. The poetess could see something in his hand. It was actually a flower which he brought to the woman to offer it to her.

The stanza covers the situation where the poetess has to face a boy intruding the thoughts of the poetess. The poetess could not see why he was there and where he came from. The poetess took the presence of the boy a bad thing. As she was already in pensive mood, she took a negative side of the presence of the boy. That's why she thinks that the boy has come to ruin her day.

Stanza 3 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess has described the scene of what happened there when a boy came to her and offered her a flower when she was sitting under a willow tree lamenting in her miserable life. She says that, the boy came to her and offered her a flower. She saw him holding a flower which had its petals broken and shrunken. The flower seemed to have weak posture and looked worn out. It seemed as if the flower had received a little rain or sunlight. 

The poetess did not like the presence of the boy. Neither she like the boy there nor she was interested in flower. She just wanted to be alone. As the boy did not seem to go away without listening some appreciation or a positive response from the poetess, she gave him a fake smile to show her pleasure. She acted as if she was pleased by the offer of the boy.

Stanza 4 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess has described the obstinacy of the boy who came to her to offer her a flower when she was sitting a deserted park. The poetess describes that despite all her efforts the boy did not go away. Instead, he came close to her and sat beside her.

The boy smelt the fragrance of the flower and told the poetess that it smelled sweet. He told her that that flower was beautiful. He told her that he picked the flower up in the way. He offered the flower to the poetess. 

The poetess was in a sad mood and could not afford such things. She just wanted the boy to go off and leave her alone there. Bu the obstinacy of the boy was out of senses. She had tried her best to get rid of the boy but she could not see how to make him go away.

Stanza 5 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess describes the condition of the flower that the boy offered her when she was sitting under the willow tree feeling strong dissatisfaction for what life has brought to her. A boy came to her and offered her a flower. She did not liked the presence of the boy but the boy was not ready to leave her alone without giving her the flower

In this stanza the poetess tells that the flower was shabby and torn. It was dry and dead. It petals had lost the colour. The flower was not looking so beautiful. The boy offered the poetess the flower. The poetess, who was already worried about the presence of the boy, knew that he would not leave untill she accepts the flower.

She finally decides to take the flower from the boy. She extend her hand towards the boy to take the flower and says that she actually needed it. She say so just to make the boy feel good. She wanted to given an impression that she actually liked the flower and she was happy to receive it.

Stanza 6 explanation

In this stanza, the poetess describes her first realization about the boy who was actually blind. She narrates that as she tried to take the flower from the boy, the boy could not locate her hand and instead of putting it on her hand, the boy held the flower in air and lowered his head. He did not looked up to see where the hand of the poetess was.

It made the poetess realize that the boy could not see. He was blind. The boy, who did not actually see the flower and nor he saw the face of the poetess, was sure of the beauty of the flower. And he also noticed through his other senses the presence of the poetess there.

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Stanza 7 explanation

In this stanza, the poetess expresses her feelings after she came to know the blindness of the boy. The poetess had not been taking the boy serious as she was not ready to shake off her sadness. She did not like the boy disturbing her. She tried her best to make the boy go. But when she realized that the boy was blind. She thanked him for the beautiful flower.

The poetess says that while she was saying 'thank you' to the boy, her eyes were filled with tears and she could not speak well. She was so moved by the boy's attitude that she could not stop here tears.

The boy said "You are Welcome!". The boy was treating and saying all smiling but he could not see the poetess crying. She then ran back to play. He was not aware of how he had changed the day of the poetess. He did not know what impact had his attitude and his presence has casted on the poetess.

Stanza 8 Explanation

In this stanza, the poetess has expressed her surprise for what had happened there in the park under the willow tree where she was sitting in a pensive mood. A blind boy came to her and gave her a flower and went away to play. She was surprised how a blind boy had seen her sitting there in a pensive mood. How he came to know that she had unpleasant thoughts.

The poetess says that a blind boy could have realized her inner thoughts and frustration. That was quite amazing for the poetess. She thinks that perhaps he was granted with an extraordinary inner sight by God. She was all disappointed with her previous behaviour with the boy.

Stanza 9 explanation

This is very important stanza of the poem. This is the 2nd last stanza of the poem. In this stanza, the poetess has explained ho she tried to change her on views about life being motivated from the boy. She realizes that the problems does not lie in the inner of a man. Our own feelings and more and more thinking make the problem bigger in our minds.

She saw how a blind boy could feel the beauty of the flowers and relish the life. She, being a sighted, could not see the beauty lying beside her. She says that she has been blind to every good moment she could have enjoyed. She says that she had been blind in all her bad time because she could not see the happiness and attraction of life.

The poetess vowed to relish every moment of her life. She promised to herself not to see the only dark side of life. She promised herself to search for a positive point in every problem in her life, every second she lives.

Stanza 10 Explanation

This is the last stanza of the poem. The poetess says that the boy had changed her life. She changed her mindset just due to the blind boy. She sniffed the old torn flower but she took a sweet smell out of it. This point tells us that it is our inner joy which makes us happy, not the external things.

The poetess sees the boy who is now holding another flower. He is moving to an old man. The poetess smiles and thinks that the boy is going to change another life. The poetess is happy that she got rid of all worries and useless thoughts which could only increase her pain. 

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