In the poem Birches by Robert Frost, Frost portrays the images of a child growing to adulthood through the symbolism of aging birch trees. Through these images readers are able to see the reality of the real world compared to there carefree childhood. The image of life through tribulation is the main focal point of the poem and the second point of the poem is if one could revert back to the simpler times of childhood. The language of the poem is entirely arranged through images, although it contains some diction it lacks sound devices, metaphors, and similes compared to other published works by Frost.
The first half of the poems' images are of life, coming of age, and death. The first three lines in the poem represent the image of childhood and adulthood. "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." Childhood is represented when the branches swing Frost thinks there is a boy swinging on them. Adulthood is represented by straighter darker trees because darker is a reference to older trees just by the nature of the color as compared to a birch tree which is white or light in color. "But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay. Ice storms do. Often you must have seen them Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning. After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel." The ice storms symbolize the difficult times in life or the coming of age through time and weathering just like a person. The word loaded describes about the burden of being old compared to youthfulness just like the burden of the ice on the trees. Shattering and avalanching on the snow such heaps of broken glass to be swept away is a representation of the final stage in life and that is death. The shattering of the branches is like the death of a person and the sweeping away of the branches is like a funeral. You'd think the inner dome of...
When the narrator looks at the birch trees in the forest, he imagines that the arching bends in their branches are the result of a boy “swinging” on them. He realizes that the bends are actually caused by ice storms - the weight of the ice on the branches forces them to bend toward the ground - but he prefers his idea of the boy swinging on the branches, climbing up the tree trunks and swinging from side to side, from earth up to heaven. The narrator remembers when he used to swing on birches and wishes that he could return to those carefree days.
This poem is written in blank verse with a particular emphasis on the “sound of sense.” For example, when Frost describes the cracking of the ice on the branches, his selections of syllables create a visceral sense of the action taking place: “Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells / Shattering and avalanching on the snow crust — / Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away…”
Originally, this poem was called “Swinging Birches,” a title that perhaps provides a more accurate depiction of the subject. In writing this poem, Frost was inspired by his childhood experience with swinging on birches, which was a popular game for children in rural areas of New England during the time. Frost’s own children were avid “birch swingers,” as demonstrated by a selection from his daughter Lesley’s journal: “On...
...In the poem "Birches" by RobertFrost, Frost attempts to illustrate a cycle of growing up from childhood to adulthood. According to Frost, through the use of childhood imagination one can easily endure the struggle we call life. "Birches" is separated into different sections, beginning with a description of a birch tree being bent under various conditions. The poem than continues to a farm boy's childhood, where he is 'seen' swinging on the birches, and lastly Frost describes his desires to return to his childhood, wanting to start over. This poem contains no rhyme scheme and is not divided into stanzas. Frost utilizes the use of various literary devices, such as personification, symbolism, alliteration, and metaphors to describe to the audience the difficulties life throws at us, and how one can persevere with the aid of innocent images found in many of our childhood memories within our souls.
The first attempt to evoke our sense of sight by Frost came in the first part of the poem. Frost describes to the audience birches which are bend to left and right. He wants to believe that the bends were cause by a boy swinging on them, yet he realizes that "swinging doesn't bend them down to stay/As ice-storms do (Line 4-5)." This can be symbolic of how life tends to weight us down with stress and responsibilities,...
...self-discovery can shape an individual’s understanding of what there purposes in life.
Thesis : All these texts reveal to the reader how vital the process of self-discovery is not only as a way of better understanding true character, but having a realisation about the realities of human nature and ones place in the wider world.
It is only by reflection and evaluation on who we are that we can discover our true character and gain fulfilment from our lives giving us sense of purpose and direction.
Self-discoveries can lead to renewed perceptions and an awakening as conveyed in Frost’s poem “The tuft of Flowers” where the persona’s assumptions about human experiences through the connection of nature is challenged as a result of discovery.
Frost use of assonance “all mown” and “alone” highlights that he had a strong connection with the mower through his shared love of nature and common values. This caused him to evaluate his current position in a positive way which dispelled his initial sense of isolation and loneliness. Frost’s self-discovery process on reflecting on the relationship between him and the mower has effectively allowed him to gain a sense of fulfilment and purpose.
Likewise in Frost’s poem Stopping by the woods on a Snowy Evening, the use of passive action in the word “watched “ highlights that this man was intensely reflective while engaged by his seductive curiosity of nature. The word “watched” emphasises that it wasn’t just a quick glance...
Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Nature has inspired many famous poets to come out with some of the best and fascinating poems. RobertFrost is a popular American poet who has written some of the best poems touching upon various subjects. Amongst the many poems of RobertFrost, “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” are quite popular and impressive. The former is about youth and experiencing life and the latter is about old age, or more probably, an old spirit wearied by life. There is a strong connection between these two poems in many areas that makes these best for comparative analysis. Both “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” are about men having to make choices over the options available before in front of him while traveling toward the final destination.
Before analyzing in detail about “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Road Not Taken,” it is important to take a look at some general ideas about two poems. Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” begins with the narrator traveling through the woods on an evening filled with snow. The narrator gets captivated by the beautiful scenery, and stops his horse ride to enjoy the moment of beauty. After the little horse’s reminder, the speaker eventually abandoned the beautiful set up he has...
...Context or Content?
“The Road Not Taken” by RobertFrost has many different interpretations and meanings. The most effective way to understand these is to understand the diction Frost utilizes. His specific word choice and sentences all lead the reader to his meaning. Many critics believe analyzing Frost’s life will add deeper insight into the poem’s theme; however, each has looked too deep and has provided overanalyzed ideas. Although, multiple critics claim that examining Frost’s context is the key to understanding his message, it is the poem’s content and diction that reveal the poem’s deeper, and more valuable meanings.
“The Road Not Taken” by RobertFrost is a closed-form poem that follows an ABAAB rhyme scheme in the first paragraph without interlocking rhyme in the rest of the three stanzas. Published in 1915, this poem emphasizes powerful statements of choices in literal and figurative terms, providing the poem with a strong tension of saying versus suggesting. Frost, in first-person, writes of the dilemma of which of “two roads diverged”(Frost Line 1) he should choose. He describes the nature of the roads, wrestles with this decision, finally makes his decision, and ends the poem with a reminiscent evaluation stanza of his decision.
Frost, in the first stanza describes a traveler during autumn, in a “…yellow wood,” who comes across a fork in his...
...Studies in Poetry
Frost’s Metaphoric use of the Natural World in Poetry
Born in San Francisco in the spring of 1874, RobertFrost is considered to be amongst, if not solely, the greatest poets in American history. Around age eleven, Frost moved to New England where the majority of his poetic inspiration is presumably drawn from. Although he never managed to obtain a collegiate degree, he did attend both Dartmouth and Harvard, two of the countries most prestigious universities. Publishing his first poem entitled “My Butterfly” in 1894, Frost began his career as a poet just as the modernist literature movement of the early twentieth century was gaining traction in the United States. Although Frost did not break from poetic convention as radically as some of his peers in the modernist movement, he is nevertheless considered a modernist poet in part due to the use of the New England vernacular that is present in the majority of his poetry. Another influence on Frost’s work as a poet comes from New England as well; this is the influence of growing up in New England’s natural landscape and the life he led on a farm there. Frost’s love for the natural and tendency towards including it in his writing is possibly the most distinguishable constant in his work. The following quote best describes this constant in his work, “As Frost portrays him, man might be alone in an...
...Senior Honors Language Arts
February 27, 2009
The Road Not Taken
“The Road Not Taken” by RobertFrost is one the finest poems written in the 20th century. It describes the difficulties of a traveler who has to choose between two diverging roads. Frost uses the roads as a metaphor for life’s many choices, and exemplifies how these they decide a person’s outcome in life. It can also be interpreted that the speaker in the poem is promoting individualism, self reliance and wondering what he might have missed by not taking the other road.
All the stanza’s in the poem have a rhyme scheme of: A, B, A, A, B. Frost opens the poem with two paths that he has to choose between
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth. (lines 1-5)
The first sentence is marked with symbolism and a metaphor, it explains the dilemma one faces while making decisions. With a sorrowful tone he says that although he would like to choose both, he must choose one. The divergence in the trails symbolizes the differences in the two choices. By saying “one traveler”, Frost points out that he is alone. He looks down both paths but can only see up to a certain distance. This shows that he has to make a selection but he does not know what it might lead to. Thus, he continues to look down on the...
...Zhikulina Christina 303a
Phonostylistic Analysis of the poem.
(‘A player in spring’ by RobertFrost)
In this poem lines written are performed in iambic tetrameter. There are four stanzas or we can say that it is a quatrain with four lines. For the English language, as well as for this verse, thanks to the reduction of endings and prevailing in the traditional words are monosyllabic, this characteristic of masculine rhyme. Wordsworth’s poem written masculine rhyme. Sound structure organizes alliteration (Cvс), for example, stands – still, pararyhme (CvC), for example, that-thrust, consonance (cvC), for example, bees-is. The vertical placement of poem written plain rhyme, but a plain rhyme (aabb,ccdd,eeff,gghh/ yyer,etss,ddll,eell) strays in the second and in the third stanza. It is a cross rhyme. It is due to the change of emotions – in it contains the main idea and feeling of the poem, which the author specifically allocated by replacing rhymes for the reader to notice and pay attention. There are many rich rhymes (here – year, will – fulfill, bird- heard). RobertFrost used the full diversity of the rhyme: exact and approximate (which are divided into assonances, consonances and dissonances). The extract rhyme, for example, love-above, bill - still. The approximate rhyme: assonances, for example, bees – trees; consonances, for example, white – night, here – year, bird – heard;...