Lindsay, Vachel. "The Bronco That Would Not Be Broken".
The speaker addresses a little colt which is brought to a farm to be broken. The colt is addressed as a "bronco that would not be broken of dancing", which emphasizes the colt's genuine joy at life. Black crows warn the colt. But the sparrows encourage him, as if the colt were able to communicate his happiness to human beings and persuade them to be joyful at life, too. He is whipped by "horse-killers" and made to pull the reaper. Though miserable, his attitude does not change and he still "dances on his toes". Only the last afternoon his heart is broken. The reaper must be stopped and the colt dies in the prairie.
- a ballad-like poem, in a folk tone
- also may be seen as a fable with the types of the good and the bad adviser
- an irregular rhyme scheme, with the refrain a "bronco that would not be broken of dancing"
- presents both examples of human cruelty and of the power of will
AuthorLindsay, Vachel. (1879 - 1931).
Full Title"The Bronco That Would Not Be Broken".
Lindsay, Vachel. "The Bronco That Would Not Be Broken". Collected Poems. Whitefish: Kessinger Publishing, 2005.