The Speaker of Birches by Robert Frost

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“Birches” is a poem written by Robert Frost that has a speaker, imagery, and symbols. The speaker in this poem is Frost. He explains his perspective of the birch trees in first person. Imagery is a word, phrase, or sentence that shows an experience or object. There are numerous examples of imagery in this poem. Symbols are something in the poem that stands for something else. There are various symbols in “Birches.” In “Birches,” Frost talks about how he can view birch trees in winter that have bent branches. He says he hopes that they are bent because of some boy swinging on them, because he knows that when a child swings on birch tree branches, the branches do not stay bent forever because a child is not heavy enough to permanently bend the branches. However, these trees are permanently bent from the ice storms in this winter season. Ice damages the birch trees and leaves them bent forever. He then thinks back to his childhood when he used to swing on trees and not have a worry. He wishes he could return back to his childhood. “Birches” by Robert Frost is a poem written in first person that shows imagery and symbols. This thinking and other reflections in “Birches” is spoken by Robert Frost in first person. He is the speaker throughout the entire poem and shares how he feels. An example of the poem being spoken in first person is when he says, “I like to think some boy’s been swinging on them.” The fact that he uses I shows that this is first person. The meaning of that
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