The Analysis And Comparison Of Birches And The Pomegranate

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There are very many instances in life where one feels that they need to escape from reality. In Robert Frost's poem, "Birches", he exemplifies the way he feels about the hardships in life and how an easy way to overcome them would be through imagination. Everybody wants to escape this hectic world sometimes, in order to relieve themselves of the various problems of our everyday lives. In the poem, The Pomegranate, by Eavan Boland, we get to see a struggling mother watch her young daughter as she is growing up right before her eyes. The speakers in both of these poems use many different literary techniques to express their deepest thoughts and ideas. I believe that both of these poems can be interpreted by looking at two different concepts, childhood versus adulthood and reality versus imagination.In this poem, by Frost, the speaker is literally giving a description of the birches. The speaker in the poem is presently looking at the trees while reminiscing on his childhood. Although not many details are given about the speaker and his past, the audience is informed that the speaker had once been a swinger of birches. Throughout the entirety of this poem, the speaker describes, in detail, the droopiness of the birches, the possible causes for their appearance, the true feelings that the speaker has for the birches, and the effects that the birches have had on the speaker's life. The tone of this poem is light-hearted with an evident sense of peacefulness. Even the flow of this poem gives the reader the carefree feeling of swinging on branches. Robert Frost uses a very creative and specific form of diction in the poem, which must be accomplished in order for the speaker to give the audience a understandable and vivid description of the trees and the cause for the birches current appearance. One example of such diction that describes the birches would be, "They click upon themselves as the breeze rises, and turn many-colored as the stir cracks and crazes their enamel" (7-9). An example of the personification that is being used in the poem would be when the speaker mentions that the trees are reaching out towards heaven and later sets him back down again. The only obvious alliteration in this poem would be when the speaker discusses how the branches of the birches are black.In the poem, the speaker often struggles between reality and imagination; hanging off of the branches, and never fully committed to one side or the other. As the speaker is noticing the droopiness of the trees, he imagines what exactly could have caused the trees to droop the way they are. Obviously, from experience, the speaker comes to the conclusion that the droopiness of the trees had been caused by an ice storm. The speaker confirms to the audience that a boy simply swinging on the birches could not be the sole cause of the permanent damage that has been done on the trees. He simply deals with the truth of the bent birches but yet he still reflects back to a boy's innocent...

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