At a glance:
- Author: Robert Frost
- First Published: 1916
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Freedom, Children, United States or Americans, Nature, New England, Storms, Trees, Boys
“Birches” is an enduringly popular lyric by one of the United States’ most celebrated poets. In fifty-nine lines of blank verse, the poem presents a description of birch trees in a New England countryside, scenes of a boy swinging from these trees, and reflections on the meaning that being “a swinger of birches” has in Robert Frost’s life. He addresses the reader in an informal, conversational manner, using the first person “I” and addressing the reader casually as “you.” Sometimes poets create first-person speakers who are quite different from...
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