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After reading this poem I believe that it can be divided into three specific parts The scientific explanation for the appearance of birches Frosts boyhood fanatasy about their appearance and his present day interpretation of their appearanceIn the first section Frost explains the birches appearances scientifically He implys that natural phenomenons make the branches of the birch trees sway He explains that ice storms which is a characteristic of New England weather can accumulate on the branches and cause them to become heavy and bending For those of yall not familiar with the appearance of the bark of the birch click here Birches have a black background with crackled snow white bark on top of the black bark It has an unusual appearance because both the black and the white are visable Frost offers many suggestions for their appearance It maybe due to the ice breaking that is burdened on the bark The breeze causes the ice to move and crack certain parts of the bark creating the crackling effect As the ice stir cracks and crazes their enamel He also compares this image to that of breaking glass and compares it to the dome of heaven shattering I enjoy how he offers such different interpretations for the appearance of the bark My personal favorite is the shattering of the dome in heaven I think this creates a vivid image for the reader He goes on to say that once the branches are bent they never return completely upright again but they are so flexible that they never breakYou may see their trunks arching in the woods Years afterwards trailing their leaves on the ground These are some of the natural phenomenons that Frost mentions to explain the appearance of Birch treesFrost then goes on to offer a more fantasy-like interpretation that he knows is not the real reason for their appearance but it is imaginative and creative He imagines little boys could have caused
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