A Psychological Analysis Of Robert Frost 's Birches Essay

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A psychological analysis of Robert Frost 's "Birches" revealed a deep seated issue of finding one 's way through life, and contemplation of the ability to reset it. He manages to complete this through a mastered ability to describe vivid and personal descriptions of nature as a metaphor for the complexities of human life. "The ambiguity Frost finds in nature becomes a metaphor for the ambiguity he finds in human experience." (Wendy Perkins para. 2) It is very common in criticism of Robert Frost 's works to point out how he uses descriptions of nature to address a larger issue, but in "Birches" nature and the boy swinging on birches represents two differing outlooks on life. First is the narrator 's way, which the good experiences of life should have the long lasting impact on who you are. Second there are the burdens of life, which weigh you down and leave you bent or broken never to resume your previous form. Frost uses the storm to depict the latter, and the boy to envision the first. To begin the poem Frost uses the first "When I see birches bend to left and right / Across the lines of straighter darker trees," (Frost lines 1-2) to show days of differing hardships in life. The bent birches were of days of heavy burden with the straight trees being the masses of unmemorable days. Frost then enters a transition introducing his views of how he would like the world to be in contrast to how the world is. Frost uses a masterful description of nature in lines five…

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