Robert Frost's "Birches" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Robert Frost's "Birches"
This paper discusses the use of symbolism in Robert Frost's "Birches", a poem whose main theme is that the troubles of life can be escaped but only temporarily.
# 65324 | 1,030 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on May 06, 2006 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that Robert Frost, who is a part of New England's granite culture, is a nature poet, capable of describing minutely the various moods of the day. Both of these traits are visible in his poem "Birches". The author points out that the symbolism in "Birches" is mostly nature symbolism such as the greatest symbol the birches themselves. The paper relates that another symbol in "Birches" is the ice, which represents trouble and adversity by causing the birch trees to bend even more deeply and for a longer time than when boys bend the birch trees; however, ice is transient and so adversity never remains forever.

From the Paper:

"The setting of Frost's "Birches" is also significant for its meaning. As I mentioned at the very beginning of this essay, Frost is the poet of New England. The setting is quite clearly the Northeast or Upper Midwest. The setting is somewhere where there are forests, and, also, where it is cold enough for ice-storms. More important, it is crucial that the setting is a rural one. The birch trees are located away from civilization. In fact, the poet says that ideally the birches should be bent by "Some boy too far from town to learn baseball" (line 25). This would mean the birches, too, are far from town. The country setting corresponds to the poet's desire to climb the birch trees as a temporary escape from the stresses of life."

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