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Write a Critical Appreciation of 'Birches'.

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AS and A Level Robert Frost

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Literary Studies Coursework

Write a Critical Appreciation of 'Birches'.

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, United States of America, on March 26th 1874. He was one of America's leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. An essentially pastoral poet often associated with rural New England, Frost wrote poems whose philosophical dimensions transcend any region. Although his verse forms are traditional - he often said that 'he would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse' - he was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter and in the poetic use of the vocabulary and inflections of everyday speech. His poetry is thus traditional and experimental, regional and universal. He died in Boston, on January 29th, 1963.

'Birches' is written in blank verse, presented in the form of a single stanza, emphasizing the narrative chronicle of boyhood memories. The poem illustrates the journey through life, using nature to symbolize his triumphs and disappointments. The opening line stating: 'When I see birches bend to left and right/Across the lines of straighter darker trees,' subtly introduces the theme of imagination coupled with opposing, darker realities. The plosive alliteration

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