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Robert Frosts style of writing has intrigued people for many years His literary brilliance has inspired and guided his fans to look upon themselves in very different ways The poem entitled Birches is no exception to this history of fresh new ways of telling stories Birches tells a story of a birch tree through the eyes of a single narrator and readers find themselves almost directly linked to the thoughts and daydreams of this narrator The thoughts put forth in this poem can be divided into three separate areas a scientific view of the birch trees themselves a childhood fantasy had by the narrator and the narrators personal view of the trees as they stand in the present In this first area of discussion the narrator explains how the trees look scientifically He implies that natural phenomenon such as wind make the branches of the birch trees sway and ice storms can accumulate on the branches causing them to bend Often you must have seen them Loaded with ice on a sunny winter morning After a rain 5-7 As we know birch trees have a black colored under-bark with a dry paper like almost snowy textured outer layer The appearance of these trees could be considered strange because both of these layers are visible at the same time The narrator offers several suggestions for their strange appearance the best of these has to do with the image of the shattering of the ice layer that was the burden on the bark Soon the suns warmth makes them shed crystal shells Chattering and avalanching on the snow crust Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away Youd think that inner dome of heaven had fallen 10-13 A wonderful image of breaking glass is created as the wind causing the trees to sway shatters the burdensome layer of ice
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