Birches Analytical Essay by RightRiters

Examining the symbolism of nature in Robert Frost's poem "Birches."
# 23322 | 1,524 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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An exploration of the metaphors of nature used by Frost to express his thoughts about a loving yet tragic view of life as explained in the poem. The paper shows how the poem is divided into three sections. The writer explains that the first is a very detailed, realistic description of birches in winter, which reveals to us the cruel beauty and power of nature; the second is part fantasy and part boyhood remembrance, where Frost describes what it's like to swing birches in the summer; and the third is a look at the meaning of swinging birches, of life itself, from the perspective of an experienced, saddened, but still vital adult.

From the Paper:

"Robert Frost's famous poem, "Birches," might be described as a poem of redemptive realism, a poem that offers a loving, yet tinged-by-the-tragic view of life as seen through the metaphors of nature. In fact, Robert Frost could be called a kind of subversive pastoralist, for unlike the romantic nature poets who preceded him, such as Wordsworth, he sees nature's wildness, her beauty, and yet her relentless harshness as well. The poem, "Birches" is a perfect depiction of the balance we try to achieve between our own will and the will of nature; between joy and sorrow; between heaven and earth; between loving this life and weeping over it. "The desire to withdraw from the world and love of the earth is symbolized in the boy's game of swinging birch trees." (Lynen)."

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