Book Review : ' A Swinger Of Birches ' Essay

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A Swinger of Birches
Hardened by the daily toils and responsibilities, the soft innocence of youth is easily forgotten with age. Walking through the woods in solitude, a man lets his busy mind wander for a moment. With the sight of trees swaying in the wind, his mind understands that the heavy ice and snow is what bends the thin trees. But his heart wonders if it was a boy’s doing – climbing to the top of the trees just to bend them enough so he can let go and fall safely to the ground – that led to the misalignment of the trees. Around this fantasy of an imaginary boy, Frost builds the contrast between youthful imagination and the burdens of adult reality. Frost’s main message in Birches seems to be that even with its hardships, life is not a trap because the power to imagine can rekindle the free-spirit and set the soul free at any moment. Though one could argue that the poem contemplates death, where the boy swinging represents life with all the up and downs it may of have passing by a dying man. Although Frost meditates spirituality in his other work such as Design or After Apple Picking, the boy is used as a symbol of youth and innocence to contrast to jaded weathering that comes with age. Frost’s strategic choice of words, imagery, and poetic meter combine to illustrate the theme of youth that is intertwined throughout the poem. Much like an actual birch tree, Frost uses richly textured imagery, metaphors, and similes to paint a lucid picture in the readers mind to…

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