Birches By Robert Frost What the heck does it mean? Man walking through the woods and sees trees with ice Imagines little kid swinging on the branches Makes him want to escape and swing on the trees Themes Live life on edge because life is short. Things never stay the same Life is full of risks Its up to you if you want to live or not Structure Blank verse Iambic pentameter Doesn’t follow any regular style Is awkward in style Symbolism Boy- is just imaginary and a younger version of himself Tree- is a symbol of life Snow- hard times in life Tone Negative Melencholy Sad Yet light Diction The poem first starts off negative Ice storms Winter Broke Down Pains Fallen Dragged Straighter Sunny Truth Summer Conquer Love Heaven Words to know!!! Brim- the edge or over flow Subdued- is to conquer or to bring under control Crazes- drive insane Enamel- a coating on metal Weary- tired and exhausted Bracken- a wide spread weedy fern Line 3: The speaker imagines a boy has bent some birches out of shape. Lines 23-27: The imaginary boy lives in a "pastoral" world, meaning that he is closely tied with animals and spends most of his time happily playing in nature. Lines 28-32: The boy is also a metaphor for the rugged, American individual. He has struck out into the land that is his by birthright and conquered anything there was to conquer. This individual often stands as a metonymy for America's Manifest Destiny towards the continent (and world). Lines 33-40: The boy learns moderation and sensitivity towards his natural environment. His mastery of nature does not create a large "footprint." Ain’t nobody got time for that! Bio Robert Frost March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 Born in San Francisco William Prescot Frost and Isabella Moodie Raised in a city but loved rural life Dad died when he was 11 Mom died of breast cancer Life filled with tragedy Started writing poetry in high school At first his poems were about city life and loss Later they became more in touch with nature Became teacher in 1911 Quiz Where was Robert Frost born? What year did he become a teacher? What’s the meter of the poem? Name two of the themes. What is the rhyme scheme? What did the poem mean to the poet? What is the meaning of the whole poem? List some negative words. What did the boy in the poem symbolize? What did the tree symbolize?