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Reality vs Fantasy Birches by Robert Frost is a nostalgic poem filled with fond memories and fantasies yet at the same time the speaker reveals his longing to escape Frost sets up a conversation with himself using dialogue between his sensible knowing self and his fantasizing nostalgic self At first the poem seems to be just an account for all of the birches leaning with none standing straight Frost would like to think that a child at play bent the trees probably to escape the truth that nature destroys itself The idea of trees being bent by ice and snow is much less romantic than the idea of a young boy enjoying himself teaching himself some lessons about Physics and life This idea of natures self-destruction is one that isnt often addressed in our time since most destruction to nature is blamed on humans and pollution Frost being a man of the country realizes that nature often destroys itself but he wants to imagine a different cause for the leaning branches The speakers fantasy offers him a way to make some good come out of the injury to the branches thereby allowing himself to recollect his past as a boy swinging from branch to branch This fantasy also allows the speaker not Frost to escape from the reality of the destruction of the earth For these reasons this poem illustrates the battle of the speaker between the youthful thoughts of fantasy and the older more plausible facts of reality The description of the boy swing from branch to branch could also be construed as a metaphor a boys actions swinging from birches represents his learning through feeling out situations and making mistakes while growing Of course a boy will learn of balance and heights while climbing trees but there is an underlying admission that he is growing up Frost uses the natural side of things in climbing trees to parallel growing up and
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