A Psychological Analysis Of Robert Frost's Birches

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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 …show more content…
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 through twenty to represent how the burdens of life wear on humans. Frost describes how even when people come together and help sweep away the burdens of life those who had endured the most are left …show more content…
Perkins also suggests "Frost may be suggesting that the boy 's need to subdue and conquer the trees points to the destructive side of human nature" (Perkins 7). Though these points are valid, and demonstrate Frost 's amazing style. The larger point of the story was overlooked. Last, Perkins highlights "the speaker 's desire to escape earth 's demands and climb toward heaven suggests he is looking for a spiritual salvation" (Perkins 11). This may be the most accurate of her statements, but the assessment of one 's life to determine whether it needed to be repeated is more

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