Themes and Analysis of Birches In the adolescent years we are young, we are strong, tall and unbent
due to inexperience of childhood which is a very important and
necessary part of youth. "Birches" illustrates the author’s ability to
take the regular activities of life and transform it, giving it a much
deeper interpretation. The reader perceives the poem to refer to a
young country boy "whose only play was what he found himself," in this
situation, finding entertainment in riding birch branches. The poem,
though appearance may seem quite literal in language, is very
interpretive when closely viewed. “Birches” contains deeper themes of
life, love, aging and death as well as good and evil which are to be
conveyed in this essay.
The poem opens with a description of the activities of the young.
Frost contemplates the simplicity of childhood: “I like to think some
boy’s been swinging them.” When we are young we are erect and straight
such as the birch tree. The author implies the theme of aging by
imagery of “straighter and darker trees…” Frost vividly describes the
shape of the branches of the birch tree to show the overwhelming
weight of the ice storm. “Then bend them down to stay.” Frost uses the
“ice storms” to describe the power of the journey through life and its
toll that it takes. The author portrays the ice storms as dominant
over the submissive branches. Frost uses this graphic detail to imply
that the playfulness of swinging on branches doesn’t permanently
command their submission. He writes about the bent birches among the
other birches. The author uses vivid detail of color as well as
imagery of the sunny winter morning, “As the breeze rises and turn
many colored as the stir cracks and crazes their enamel”. Frost gives
the reader a clear pastoral view of the unfortunate bending birch. The
cold imagery of the ice crusted over the birch helps define the
dominating shell that the birch is surrendered unto.
“Birches” moves the reader to interpret the deeper meaning within the
poem. Frost uses the metaphor of the ice storm to illustrate its
connection with life. The author’s use of imagery and nature of the
bending birches secretly personifies the birches. “…After a rain. They
click upon themselves…” Here the author uses sound imagery. Frost uses
this imagery to illustrate the full harshness of the cold and the
effect that it has on old age. After a rain those of old age who have
bad joints may experience a clicking sound of the joints. This may be
referred to as the “pains” which Frost speaks of later.
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