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Birches by Robert Frost is an archetypical example of a Frost poem Frosts poems are normally characterized by beautifully evocative descriptions of nature that form a very clear picture in the readers mind On first reading many of his poems seem to be just a portrayal of events that occur in nature However there is normally another deeper meaning to the poem mostly relating to the human condition Birches seems at first reading to be a description of how a line of birch trees becomes bent and bowed due to natures intervention and then describes how Frost would rather have the trees becoming bent due to a little boy playing on them Looking deeper into the meaning of the poem Frost seems to be praising the resilience of the birch trees and also he describes how the young boy learns to amuse himself while he grows upThe first part of the poem describes what has actually happened to the trees how they look and what caused the current bent over appearance The birch trees have become bent over because of ice that has formed on the branches and leaves which have over a period of several years caused the trees to bend over Frost describes how after rain has fallen on a winters day ice forms on the branches pulling them down with the weight of it As the sun rises and warms the air a breeze picks up which causes the ice to fall off the boughs and gather under the trees as if part of heavens dome had fallen to earth This section of the poem is typical of Frosts vivid description of nature that he does so well in many of his poemsFrost does not seem to like this actual colder version of the Truth He would much rather the trees have reached their present bent over state because of the play of a young boy living on a farm The boy
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