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Analysis and comments on Birches by Robert Frost

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Comment 42 of 162, added on December 20th, 2007 at 8:29 PM.

“And life is too much like a pathless wood where your face burns and
tickles with the cobwebs broken across it, and one is weeping from twigs
having lashed across it open.” Why is this image of love filled with such

Josay from United States
Comment 41 of 162, added on August 19th, 2007 at 4:55 PM.

Wow, i, like many who have or are reading this poem, am reading it for

first of all, for all of those people who only see or think Frosts' poem,
Birches has sexual meaning is not really analyzing very well or looking at
it. it takes more than that. u can almost read anything and turn it to
something sexual.

I believe this poem is about looking back and wanting innocence, fun,
happiness and the joys of youth. its not jus about the boy swinging and
enjoying life. The birches can symbolize poeple or a person. People grow
old and tired not by their youthful and fun experiences but throw hard
times. "But swinging doesn't bend then down to stay. Ice storms do that."
Birches shed leaves like humans shed youth. both are such beautiful things
" you'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen." also like people." once
they are bowed for so long, they never right themselves." they jus age.

the narrator says how he'd rather have a boy swinging bend the birches. its
shows the signaficance of youth, innocence and happiness. wouldnt you want
to grow old by the feel of freedon and happiness instead of by hard times
and obsticals of life? no, its not possible but it is a feel good fantasy.

the boy swinging shows the wonderful part of youth that gives u the will
power and drive to be brave and andventurous, yet there is always a limit
or self protection that is in the mindset. " "and so not carrying the tree
away clear to the ground" even. . ."with the same pains you use to fill a
cup to the brim. . ."

At the last part, the narrator goes back to his reality more. He says how
he would like away and swing on a birch or get away from reality when life
is going nowhere and he is aged and lonely/ " and one eye is weepiong from
a twig's having lashed it across it open" which can be seen as having ur
heart broken or slashed from a relationship or situation. he'd like to go
away and come back to start over. he doesnt want every thing to fade away
or go away for ever but only to revisit thhe happiness that he once had. "
Earth's the right place for love," love, the love of happiness and
experiences. going back to that memory but also coming back. you can not
live in happiness or memories forever but having them with u in life helps
u move on. . .

"one could do worse than be a swinger of branches. . ."

Brittany from United States
Comment 40 of 162, added on June 1st, 2007 at 7:16 AM.

Im doing a project for my one class and one question is "why did he write
it?" and I dont know what it is could someone please help me??

Comment 39 of 162, added on February 26th, 2007 at 8:10 PM.

This poem definitly contains a great deal of sexual imagery..."could play
alone, took the stiffness out of them, hung limp, not launching out too
soon, fill a cup, up to the brim" youre kidding youreself if you think
Frost put all of these images together out of chance, it represence his
childhood innocence and fantasies.

Eric from United States
Comment 38 of 162, added on May 30th, 2006 at 2:40 PM.

birches...ah birches...even the mention of that tree gets me hot and
sweaty, 4 some guy on horse action. i also love the subverted flower. it
reminds me of the morning dawn. lol. ps. i would give my right arm 4 a sex
toy that was the same shape and rough texture of a birch LOG. who cares if
i bleed 2 death??

Birchey McBirch from Uzbekistan
Comment 37 of 162, added on April 26th, 2006 at 11:15 PM.

Im Writing a poetry paper on this poem and found that the main themes of
the poem were the joys of innocence and how the old painful memories of the
past will not break ou but will never fade completley from your memory

Lidia from United States
Comment 36 of 162, added on April 10th, 2006 at 5:27 PM.

I quite enjoy Mr.Frost's poetry, this poem is another great example of
Mr.Frosts' talents. I fail to see any sexual context in it at all
though...contrary to many posts.

LitLover from United States
Comment 35 of 162, added on April 4th, 2006 at 12:31 PM.

every time i read frost i get taken away, but never too far. In fact i am
inside the poem. Swinging from birch to birch. One could do worse!

krista from United States
Comment 34 of 162, added on March 5th, 2006 at 7:07 PM.

The poem brought back many happy thoughts of enjoying nature , especially
the birch and its significance to canoeing, in the Canadian north . Nature
in Canada would not be as rich without the birch.

Scott from Canada
Comment 33 of 162, added on January 26th, 2006 at 1:56 PM.

from reading this poem, i believe that frost finds everday life boring. he
would rather make up a story behind why things are the way they are than
know the true reason. frost wants more than what is common and usual. he
has the proper technique and the correct language to provide that for
himself and his readers.

alyla from Argentina

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

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