According to Frost, through the use of childhood imagination one can easily endure the struggle we call life. Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish, 40 Kicking his way down through the air to the ground. While Thoreau would most characteristically focus on love of nature, Frost would just as readily assert the claim of man's fundamental love for man. The grey fur is the dominant trait for the coat. Yet despite the beauty with which the poem portrays the act of swinging, it also demonstrates an awareness of the potential consequences of swinging and an appreciation of returning to Earth. There is never any intention of competing with science, and therefore, there is no problem at all as we generally sense with many modern poets and critics of claiming a special cognitive value for poetry.
Hardman 's buttocks are clearly made of tough stuff, as Staff Wilding expected his backside to be cut and welted by the end of his Birching. It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. The swinging of the birches shaken by the ice storms, and watched by a boy, in the early hours of the day, till the sunset makes a real appeal to the reader. The malleability of the birches is not total, however, and the poet is forced to admit this fact into the presence of his desire, like it or not. This is first class imagery and is equalled with the manner in which the boy bends the birches 35 - 40 , the climb up analagous with that of a cup being filled to the very rim, the thrill of anticipation filling the air. These images hold in a reader's mind and are hard to forget. The first stanza of the poem is rather simple and provides the basis for the imagery.
So was I once myself a swinger of birches. I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, But dipped its top and set me down again. They proposed that nature could serve as a model, offer direction and allow humans to transcend their human condition. Robert Frost provides vivid images of birches in order to oppose life's harsh realities with the human actions of the imagination. Frost's statement clarified human's eagerness to finding a meaning to life and an essential background and reason to events, regardless of how small and insignificant they might be. It establishes the last stanza as reflective, a personalized message about youth. Does he wish for a second childhood again? The night exemplifies the grief he faces, and reminisces about the time he had with his love.
Often one must have seen them quite loaded with ice on a sunny winter morning after a rain. Summary, Lines 50-59 May no fate willfully misunderstand me And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. The downward movement of redemptive imagination to earth, contrarily, is a movement into community, engagement, love--the games that two play together: I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. In the first lines, the poet associates a real scene with an image in his mind, and he deliberately distinguishes between the two. The birch is thus remarkable, perhaps, because from the feathery form of the tree, whose numerous small branches sustain so great a weight, bending it to the ground, and moreover because, from the color of the bark, the core is less observable. Natural limits occur throughout the poem, but they are most directly treated from lines 5 through 20 and from lines 45 through 52. Then be flung outward, feet first, with a swish, Kicking his way down through the air to the ground.
If climbing trees is a sort of push toward transcendence, then complete transcendence means never to come back down. In Frost's poem, however, values are weighted somewhat differently. Not only does Frost use nature to convey images and emotions, but he allows for nature to take its place in the human world around him. Creep Dogg, I know you trippin' I feel you Ya heard me. The entire passage contains nothing to suggest that nature is superior or inferior to man, nor are we to infer that the two are equal. This is further expressed By riding them down over and over again Until he took 3014 Words 13 Pages The most misinterpreted element in Robert Frost poetry is his use of nature in a symbolic way.
The resulting images lack originality and inspiration. Despite knowing this fact, the speaker continues to joyfully imagine what it would be like if a boy was swinging on the birches. Whether it was his or her parents or his or her spouse, this in some ways, showed in their writings. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Themes of estrangement and alienation abound in the poetry of Robert Frost.
Not really even sure if I wanted know. From Robert Frost: A Biography. They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load, And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed So low for long, they never right themselves: You may see their trunks arching in the woods Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair Before them over their heads to dry in the sun. The poet acknowledges his escapist tendencies. But I was going to say when Truth broke in With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm I should prefer to have some boy bend them As he went out and in to fetch the cows— Some boy too far from town to learn baseball, Whose only play was what he found himself, Summer or winter, and could play alone.
It may be argued that the satisfaction is greatest when it is autonomous: the more firmly the poet insists upon the severance of his vision from the order of things as they are and the more clearly that be makes no claim for knowledge, the emotive power of the poem may emerge uncontaminated by the morass of philosophical problems that are bound to dog him should he make claims for knowledge. The diet is vegan, where the person only eats vegetables, fruits, and other plant-derived foods. His use of comparisons enables the reader to view the Birches in numerous perspectives. In the first section of the poem, he gives us the possible explanations for the bending of the birch trees. Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning … As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. But this speaker is not someone who puts much stock in the promise of an afterlife. It was mainly involved with language and how it is used.
Such a return or reconciliation would, for Blake or Shelley, amount to surrender. One figure seems to imply another--the image of the farm youth swinging up, out, and down to earth again recalls the boyhood of the poet: So was I once myself a swinger of birches. Its images are of a profound emotion. The poet narrator has become weary from his responsibilities as an adult in this tough world where one has to maintain a rational outlook. Line 42 is a perfect example of the speaker wanting to return to his childhood where he could be the young boy he could and escape his troubles. In his playful and redemptive mode, Frost's motive for poetry is not cognitive but psychological in the sense that he is willfully seeking to bathe his consciousness and, if the reader consents, his reader's as well, in a free-floating, epistemologically unsanctioned vision of the world which, even as it is undermined by the very language in which it is anchored, brings a satisfaction of relief when contemplated. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells Shattering and avalanching on the snow crust-- Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
Given how tough Hardman 's buttocks clearly are, I 'm sure that Staff Wilding will make sure that his leathering later that day, is laid on even harder than normal! And this is what he wants: not the absolute conquest of the imagination displacing the real world, nor the awful destruction of himself — in a very real way, a death — that would result from his surrender to the outside world. Though that fact won't be taken much into consideration, so as to make the interpretation in a more personal approach, it is noticeable that by not leaving that year aside, the poem grows beautifully stronger; not only because the. The upward motion requires a complement, a swing in the other direction to maintain a livable balance. Different poems convey various emotions as Frost writes about many personal struggles and successes that he encountered in his lifetime. Both poets attempt to romanticize nature and both speak of death and loneliness. Frost is not describing the inner workings of nature as we see it all around us, but about exploring human psychology. The strong sense of escapism is evident in these lines as common with the romantic poets like Wordsworth, Keats, Byron etc.