Summary Of Birches And Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
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During his life, Robert Frost, the icon of American literature, wrote many poems that limned the picturesque American landscape. His mostly explicated poems “Birches” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” reflect his young manhood in the rural New England. Both of these poems are seemingly straightforward but in reality, they deal with a higher level of complexity and philosophy. Despite the difference in style and message, “Birches” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” are loaded with vivid imagery and symbolism that metaphorically depict the return to nature and childhood, the struggle between reality and imagination and also life and death.
Frost wrote “Birches” in a blank verse structure, but “Stopping by the Woods” is basically divided into four rhymed stanzas. Throughout Birches, Frost alternates between describing natural elements as they really appear, then follows with brief explanations of his own taste. For example, the opening of the poem is a real, existing observation of the birches that are bent “left and right/across the lines of straighter darker trees” (lines 1-2) and promptly, this image changes to get readers to imagine that a boy has been swinging them (3). Similarly, within the next few following verses (5-8), an appealing depiction of bent birch trees from an ice storm is interrupted with a hint of destruction; Frost adds that the sun “cracks and crazes their enamel” (9). In fact, the theme of imagination in “Birches”, burdened