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Analysis and comments on Birches by Robert Frost

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Comment 58 of 157, added on June 5th, 2010 at 7:27 AM.

I think this poem contains a number of different themes but is centered
largely around the theme of swinging between two polar opposites: Truth and
imagination, youth and age, heaven and earth. From the first few lines we
see the contrast between the playful activity of swinging birches and the
'straighter darker trees' which I believe represent the realism of life.
Just as the voice of 'After apple picking' seems to long to return to its
youth, there is an element in 'Birches' of the voice dreaming 'of going
back to' his youth so that he may re-influence his future. Climbing the
birch tree will also help him to navigate the 'pathless wood' that his life
has become lost in. Ultimately though there is a strong sense that, in
order for the voice of the poem to achieve the 'Truth' he must be prepared
to take control of his own actions by not 'launching out too soon'. In my
opinion this truth seems to be the ability to connect the real with the
ideal as a rational thinker to achieve an equilibrium, which the boy can
achieve by accepting the concrete and the imagination.

J from United Kingdom

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Information about Birches

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 12. Birches
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 240 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 22 2004

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