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The poetic voice inherent in Robert Frost's poem "Birches" is that of the poet himself...

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melisa3 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM via web

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The poetic voice inherent in Robert Frost's poem "Birches" is that of the poet himself as he analyzes the present, reminisces the past and appreciates the future.


Is this thesis any good? The essay involves analyzing narrative voice in the poem "Birches" by Robert Frost. I haven't taken an English class in some time so I would really appreciate any help for navigating a 3 body paragraph essay. Thanks!

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM (Answer #1)

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You could write a sound essay using "Birches" as your basis and the thesis statement you propose. The thesis nicely presents the main points to be expanded in the three paragraphs in the body of your essay.

Paragraph one could discuss the speaker's observance and explanations, both factual and imaginative, for the bent birches being described. Reality - the trees are bent "down to stay" by ice storms - must be faced and accepted, but the imagined explanation is the more appealing.

Your second paragraph could examine that imagined cause of the bending, as the poet recalls his own boyhood attempts to amuse himself as he "subdued his father's trees by riding them down over and over again until he took the stiffness out of them."

Paragraph three could explore the speaker's wish to escape the reality of his present life temporarily - "I'd like to get away from earth awhile and then come back to it and begin over." In the same way that the child could swing up and then arc down with the tree, the man would like to come closer to heaven for awhile, but then return to life and love on Earth.


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