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Rating: 3.4
When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay.
Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-coloured
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust
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L Milton Hankins 18 September 2020
A lovely tribute to boyhood and birches. A New Englander most understands this Frost.
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Florence 23 August 2019
I have always loved this poem. Frost is so adept at putting so much meaning and wisdom in natural world around us. In simplicity of tree, ice, and young farm boy, he gives a more profound message on life, how we live and at times how difficult it can be, but the Earth is the right place for love!
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The poem also depicts life as where to be loved and love inreturn
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Robert frost presented a birch tree to talk about the experience of his childhood experience and the tribulation that encapsulates human race.
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This poem is really wonderful and well composed
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Sarah Bradley 23 May 2016
this is a great poem, i love nature
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Vivek Kumar 25 April 2016
that is a lovely n beautiful nature poem...
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Haruna Garba 07 April 2016
Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it's likely to go better. I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree well penned. Thanks for sharing.
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Susan Williams 22 March 2016
Here is a nugget of wisdom and though it is free don't think that it came cheap. This poem gains in wisdom and in beauty and in yearning the older you get. I climbed my birches when I was young and I swung from my brand of willows and now I understand what Frost first said to me many years ago. We are a lucky people to have access to such works as these
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Kim Barney 22 March 2016
I agree with Barry Middleton. I usually do love Robert Frost, but on this particular poem I pretty much agree with the 6.6 rating.
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