Essay on Analysis of Robert Frost´s Poem Birches

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In Robert Frost’s poem “Birches” the poem does not vaguely say who the narrator is but it is assumed it is a man. The poem draws a parallel between two worlds. The poem takes place on a winter morning in the woods with icy white birch trees scattering the landscape. The poem is not about the landscape, but rather the narrator images of his past. The birch tree’s branches question the narrator to what is real and what is not. This “swinging” event has a great effect on the narrator causing him to imagine “some boy's been swinging” in the birch tree “bending them to the left and right.” This is where reality takes over his imagination because of the fact that “swinging doesn't bend them down to stay”; ice-storms do that. The swinging and …show more content…
The narrator claims he “should prefer to have some boy bend them,” making the birch’s branches weigh down. This makes the narrator reflect on his own boyhood, “I once myself a swinger of birches.” Swinging in the birch branches is like an out-of-earth experience for him. The narrator misses his childhood and the birch trees in a sense are his never-land; a place where youth is forever. At the end of the poem, the narrator is confused what he wants to do “I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, but dipped its top and set me down again.” What Frost did with the birch trees is quite clever. The narrator wishes he could travel back and forth from adulthood to his youth, where he could climb the birch trees “all the way up to heaven.” The birch tree branches are a barrier between his hopeless life on Earth to the openness of heaven. The birch trees are a portal to the “twilight zone” of his past life. Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall” Frost explores the different types of boundaries between neighbors. There are physical boundaries, telling the reader that a wall is separating the two neighbors “and on a day we meet to walk the line and set the wall between us once again." The poem

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