The tufts of flowers bring a sense of camaraderie to Frost, who felt that his tasks were acts of isolation that were bestowed upon him by fate. Frost initially thought that the loneliness he felt was natural and it was in his place to accept and get used to live with his loneliness. The tufts of flowers banish his loneliness and create a sense of kinship with the mower responsible for leaving the orange milkweed intact.
Frost believed in conveying his thoughts and themes in simple language yet befitting of the complexity with which these aspects relate to the reader. A butterfly is an insect that is associated with beauty, elegance and its ability to find good and positive (nectar) wherever it goes. The turner in the poem embarks on a task that is boring and seemingly lonesome, devoid of any beauty, concert and/or accompaniment. Frost uses the ‘butterfly weed’ in the poem for its relational qualities with the butterfly that is attributed to a change the turner’s perspective on life. The butterfly weed’s spiky flowers might seem unwelcoming, but they are illustrated to possess the ability to attract such an elegant and beautiful creature as the butterfly. This indicative of the author’s foreshadowing of the flowers’ significance in the poem. The poem’s author uses the simple beauty of flowers and their effect on the butterfly to illustrate the subtle yet strong theme of commonality, congruence and interconnectedness of all entities in nature.
The tufts of flower give the most significant meaning to the poem with regard to other assumptions that the author might have held or intended to carry through the poem. Analyzing the necessity of the flowers in poem reveals that they are used to convey the central theme of the poem that is based on universality of loneliness.