A swinger of branches

It is one of the most popular of Frost's blank verse creations and was first published in in his book Mountain Interval. In the words of the poet himself, Birches is 'two fragments soldered together', that is, he first intended the poem to have two definite angles - one concentrating on the ice-storm bending birch branches, the other detailing the boy swinging on them. This is why Frost initially had the title of Swinging Birches, because he preferred the rhythm of the present participle as in his other poems such as Mending Wall and After Apple Picking for example to help kickstart his poem. Frost decided to stick to a single, simple title and, as it stands, Birches became one long exploration of the speaker's relationship to the Truth, split into three aspects: naturalistic the ice-storm's effect on the birch trees , personal the boy 'conquering' the trees , philosophical the balance between reality and idealism. Although the majority of the poem is written in iambic pentameter, there are considerable movements away from the steady rhythm in certain lines, which we'll explore later on line by line in the analysis.

Birches (poem)

Quotes - One could do worse than be a swinger of birches

Lines I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, But dipped its top and set me down again. This appreciation of life doesn't mean he isn't curious. The speaker still wonders about the limits of life and tests out where life ends and heaven begins. Line 54 has a funny wording that needs to be pointed out: "I'd like to go by…" Usually people talk like this about their own death: "I'd like to go in my sleep.

Analysis of Poem Birches by Robert Frost

When I see birches bend to left and right Across the lines of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay As ice-storms do. Often you must have seen them Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning After a rain.
Home Burial He saw her from the bottom of the stairs Before she saw him. She was starting down, Looking back over her shoulder at some fear. She took a doubtful step and then undid it To raise herself and look again. He spoke Advancing toward her: 'What is it you see From up there always--for I want to know.
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