Birches by Robert Frost

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Birches

by Robert Frost

• American Literature II

• Instructor: Prof. Cecilia Liu

• Group Members: Tom,

Christina

Outline

• The Pictures of Birches

• Summary

• Rhymes

• Structure

• Setting

• Themes

• References

The Pictures of Birches

• The silver birch with its characteristic white bark http://upload.wi

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Summary

1. The birches are bent: by the boy’s swinging or by the storm

2. The boy is swing the birches

3. Climbing a tree becomes a retreat for the adult speaker

Rhymes

• Blank verse

: a type of poetry, distinguished by having a regular meter, but no rhyme. In English, the meter most commonly used with blank verse has been iambic pentameter. Source: Wikipedia

Structure

1~5:

The speaker is guessing which factor causes the bending of the birches.

6~13:

The scenery of snow falling from the birches.

14~20:

The dragging birches are like girls throwing their hair to dry.

21~40:

A boy swinger is swinging the birches

41~59:

The speaker sees climbing the birches as a retreat from the heavy-loaded pressure in life until the branches of the tree could not undertake and then send him back to earth.

Setting

• An outside scenery with birch tree

• Or in his imagery recall in his mind?

(Dramatic Monologue)

Themes

• Swinging birch tree as a transcendent escape

Binary opposites:

• Earth V.S. Heaven

• Boy V.S. Man

• Reality V.S. Transcendence

References

Sparknote

http://cgi.sparknotes.com/hlite.rmpl?words= birches&pd=0&page=section8.rhtml&nfs=0

&guide=%2fpoetry%2ffrost

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

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