Best Of Pretty Flowers Poem “A Tuft Of Flowers”, the Poet Robert Frost wrote in this Poem  that I went to the lawn to turn the grass in the morning and found someone had mowed the grass in the dew before the sun-rise.

Stanza 1
I went to turn the grass one after one
who mowed it in the dew before the sun.
The dew was gone that made his blade so keen (piercing)
Before I came to view the leveled ( a flat and even surface) scene.
I looked for him behind an isle (a small island) of trees;
I listened for his whetstone (a stone for sharpening tools) on the breeze (a light wind).
But he had gone his way, the grass all mown (cut; third form of the verb ‘mow’),
And I must be, as he had been — alone,
‘As all must be,’ I said within (inside (something); indoors) my heart,
‘Whether they work together or a part (separately).’

Meanings:
dew (the very small drops of water that form on the ground of during the night) .

Paraphrase:
I went to the lawn to turn the grass in the morning and found someone had mowed the grass in the dew before the sun-rise. The dew, that made the blade of grass so piercing, had evaporated before I went there. The grass seemed to be of equal level everywhere. I searched him behind the cluster of trees but could not find anyone. I tried to hear the sound of his stone for sharpening tools but failed to do so. Because the breeze was blowing. But he had left that place and all the grass had been cut down. I am sure that he must have come there all alone. I said to myself that whether people work together or separately, they all must be alone.

Reference to The Context:
This Best Of Pretty Flowers poem, “A Tuft Of Flowers” which is written by Robert Frost.

Explanation:
The poet goes to his lawn to turn the grass early in the morning and makes a thorough (see here and there) search for the clump (tuft) of flowers which he wanted to have. He searches here and there but cannot find it. He realizes that someone had mown it in the dew before the sun-rise. The dew had been removed and the whole grass have been leveled. He searched the person behind the cluster of tress. He wanted to know who had come over there so early and mown the lawn, and taken away the clump of flowers for which he had come to the garden. He tried to hear the sound of his sharpener on the morning wind. But he could not trace him out. Then the poet thinks that he must have suddenly come over there all alone as the poet himself had been. If they had been more than one, they must have worked together. Then the poet says to himself that they might have worked separately. The poet fails to reach a conclusion as to how it had happened.

Stanza 2
But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly,
Seeking with memories grown ( progress to maturity; increasing) dim over night
Some resting (refresh oneself, or recover strength) flowers of yesterday’s delight (great pleasure).
And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous (unsteady; shaking or quivering slightly) wing came back to me.
I thought (think) of questions that have no reply (answer),
And would have turned to loss the grass to dry ( not wet or moist);
But he turned (move; change in nature) first, and led (be in charge or command of) my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside the brook.
A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared
Beside reedy brook the scythe had bared.

Meanings:
swift (moving quickly) bewildered (confused; puzzled) butterfly seeking (trying to obtain something) dim (not bright) memory delight (feeling of great pleasure) flew (past tense of fly) toss ( to throw something carefully) tuft (a bunch) tremulous (vibrating; quivering) brook (a small stream) bloom (flower) scythe (a tool for cutting grass) reedy (full of reed; long grass) bared (uncovered)

Paraphrase:
But as I spoke these words a confused butterfly passed by me very swiftly. Its wings were not producing any sound. It had some happy memories of the garden one night before, which had now grown dim. It had seen some flowers here yesterday. It had rested on them. They were a source of delight to all the on-lookers. The butterfly did not stay there. It flew away on its wings as far as it could fly. And then on quivering wings it came back to me. I was putting some question to myself and was unable to find answers to them. And was about to turn over the grass to dry. But the butterfly come back earlier than I and attracted my attraction to the tall tuft of flowers lying near the bank of small stream. A leaping tongue on the flower had remained safe from cutting. It had been uncovered by a scythe near the small stream with long grass growing on its banks.

Reference to The Context:
This stanza has been taken from Robert Frost‘s Best Of Pretty Flowers poem, “A Tuft Of Flowers“.

Explanation:
The Poet was standing over there highly depressed. He was feeling very sorry for his loss when a confused butterfly passed by him without creating any sound. The poet thought that even the butterfly had come over there to have a second look at the tuft of flowers that it had seen yesterday and sat on it. Though the memories (remembrance; a recollection) of those flowers might have grown dim with the passage of time yet they were still here. They had given it delight. Then it flew far away. And it could hardly be seen. The poet was still standing there and thinking on different possibilities and what to do and what not to do when the same butterfly came back to him flying on its quivering wings. Such thought to which he could find no answer, were revolving in his mind. But the butterfly was more practical. It flew away again in search of those flowers. Having found some clue it returned soon. The poet could not decide what to do. His thoughts turned to turning over the heap of grass to dry. But the butterfly had found out that tuft of flowers lying near a small stream. The butterfly attracted the poet’s attention to the spot where those flowers were lying.

Stanza 3
The butterfly and I had lit upon,
Nevertheless, a message from dawn,
That made me hear the wakening birds around,
And hear his long scythe whispering (be rumored; murmur) to the ground,
And feel a spirit kindred to my own;
So that henceforth I worked no more alone,
So that henceforth I worked with his aid,
And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;
And dreaming (experience dreams during sleep), as it were, held brotherly speech
With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach,
‘Men work together,’ I told (inform; notify) him from the heart,
‘Whether they work ( employment, service) together or apart.’

Meanings:
lit upon (understood; grasped) nevertheless dawn(the time of day when light first appears) wakening whisper (to speak quietly to somebody so that other people cannot hear what you are saying) kindred (related) henceforth (from now on) aid (help) sought (past tense of seek) seek (to search)

Paraphrase:
In spite of that the butterfly and I grasped a message from the time of day when light first appears that made me hear the chirping of birds around me who were awakening. I could also hear the long scythe cutting the grass of the lawn. And I felt a spirit similar to the my own was working in the garden. From now on I never worked alone. As I had found out the tuft of flowers with the help of a butterfly so I would help others in future. When I was tired I sought shade with the help of a butterfly. It seemed as if I was dreaming I had a friendly talk with the butterfly. When one of those thoughts I had not hoped to reach any conclusion. From the depth of my heart I told the butterfly that men work together whether they work together or separately. So I made up my mind to work in co-operation with others.

Reference to The Context:
This stanza has been taken from Robert Frost‘s Best Of Pretty Flowers poem, “A Tuft Of Flowers“.

Explanation:
The poet had previously said that every one in the world should do his work independently. Now realizes that he could not find the tuft of flowers without the help of a butterfly. The poet says that it was only the help of a butterfly that he was able to grasp a message from dawn that made him hear the chirping of birds around him who were awakening. He also able to hear the sound of scythe cutting the grass of the lawn. He feels that some spirit similar to his spirit in working in the garden. The poet realizes that he was only thinking and planning to find out the last tuft of flowers while the butterfly went in search of it and succeeded in finding of it. He makes up his mind to help others in future. When he was tired, it was helped by a butterfly in finding of a shady place for taking rest. He is talking to the butterfly and thanking it of its cooperation. Finally, he reaches this conclusion that men co-operate with other men whether they realize it or not. Even when they working alone, they are doing some useful work for the comfort of others.