In “Birches” by Robert Frost, the speaker uses birch trees to describe his childhood. The poem begins with the speaker describing birch trees and their bent branches. He goes on to say, “I like to think some boy’s been swinging them,” however he explains the branches are bent because of an ice storm. This first wishful desire of children playing on the birches directly contradicts the statement he makes in which the speaker vividly describes how an ice storm bends the branches. The use of imagery here sets up a contrast between his childhood memories and the adult he has become.
In line 41 the speaker’s voice changes. It becomes reflective as he remembers his time as a boy swinging through those same birches. If the branches must be bent and swayed, his wish is for it to be done by a boy so that enjoyment may be gained. From lines 41- 59 the speaker reflects. He wants to be back in his time of childhood swinging through the same trees, bending the same branches, and listening after and ice storm as the branches “click upon themselves/ As the breeze rises” (Lines 7-8).
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 swaying of the branches has great consequences on the narrator. The narrator is taken from reality and talks of an escape from the reality of life. He wants to be on Earth again because "earth's the right place for love."
He wants to go back to the days of swinging on tree limbs. The times of not stressing but going out and having fun. Climbing the birches is almost like trying to escape life problems and hardships. Lines 54-57 shows the speakers imagination of climbing the birches and escaping the hardness of adult life. He is attempting to climb to heaven where things can be perfect but yet in still he does not want to die.
Hardships in Birches by Robert Frost In any life, one must endure hardship to enjoy the good times. According to Robert Frost, the author of "Birches", enduring life's hardships can be made easier by finding a sane balance between one's imagination and reality. The poem is divided into four parts: an introduction, a scientific analysis of the bending of birch trees, an imaginatively false analysis of the phenomenon involving a New England farm boy, and a reflective wish Frost makes, wanting to return to his childhood. All of these sections have strong underlying philosophical meanings. Personification, alliteration, and other sound devices support these meanings and themes.
“Birches” contains deeper themes of life, love, aging and death as well as good and evil which are to be conveyed in this essay. The poem opens with a description of the activities of the young. Frost contemplates the simplicity of childhood: “I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.” When we are young we are erect and straight such as the birch tree. The author implies the theme of aging by imagery of “straighter and darker trees…” Frost vividly describes the shape of the branches of the birch tree to show the overwhelming weight of the ice storm. “Then bend them down to stay.” Frost uses the “ice storms” to describe the power of the journey through life and its toll that it takes.
The boys life was cut short due to the lifestyle he had, working a man’s job. He did not have the opportunity to fulfill his dreams and goals in life. Robert Frost uses these poems to teach the reader, the imagery of death through depression and tiredness between society and nature. Life and death is the basic key in the poem “stopping by woods on a snowy evening.” Frost illustrates to the reader how this man took a moment to enjoy nature and life with no obligations to attain
His poems are filled with the images of dying, but are also firmly rooted in childhood. His poems of transition explore the journey from childhood into the adult world. "Blackberry Picking" is a reflection of adulthood and childhood. Heaney tries to tell us that we should enjoy childhood because adulthood is disappointing. He gives the message to have low expectations, therefore when we grow up we will not be let down by the adult world.
In light of this idea, the narrator projects his own longing for childhood innocence, recalling how he was “reared in the great city…and saw naught lovely but the sky and stars” (51-53). The narrator implies that though he was never able to grow and learn from nature, he finds hope in the fact that his son will “learn far other lore in far other scenes” (50-51). Romantics often considered children the prime example of social experience because their innocence aloud them to treasure the beauty of the earth. Coleridge’s emphasis on the innocence of childhood and his depiction of nature as a universal teacher parallel those ideas of the Romantic Movement, elaborating on the idea that both innocence and nature are a luxury not to be taken for
The “m” sounds here continue a soothing feel, and the gentleness of his eye is in sharp contrast to the boy’s earlier notion of black dots giving off a dreadful stare. Clearly by the end of the poem through knowledge of the structure of the poem, the reader is to feel more pathos for the boy, who in stanza one was standing all alone at the window than for the snowman. In stanza two the tear the snowman sheds for the boy is not one of sorrow for himself, stuck out in the cold when the boy has “warmth” (16) and “light” (16) and “love,” (16) but a tear for all children who, even amid such security, can glimpse out into the world and sense the fear of the unknown.