What does the writer want to convey from the poem "Birches"?
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So was I once myself a swinger of birches.In this poem, the speaker describes how growing up affects one's attitude. The speaker would like to go back to childhood. He would revisit his childhood to enjoy the moments of innocence and play. Growing up has an effect on one. It causes one to lose the beauty and joy that accompany childhood. As an adult, the speaker would like to escape reality in exchange for days of his youth when all worries were little to none. The speaker remembers the times he had swung on the boughs of the birches. Life was simple. Pleasures were simple. There is something serene about swinging on the boughs of the birch trees. Childhood has a way of making problems disappear. The speaker would like to escape the problems of life. He remembers a time when he had no problems. It was a time when he swung on the boughs of the birch trees. Life is difficult at times. It can be compared to the ice storms that bend the boughs of the birch trees. However, the speaker would much rather think that some boy had been swinging on the boughs. It is much more enjoyable thinking of the sweet days of childhood without a care in the world:
And so I dream of going back to be.
It's when I'm weary of considerations,
And life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig's having lashed across it open.
I'd like to get away from earth awhile
One important theme of "Birches" is how Frost uses his poetic imagination to transcend the limits of the real world. He rejects the true reason the birches have been bent over in favor of his own fanciful explanation. On some level, he is claiming that this act of the imagination embodies a larger "truth" and is a worthy task, one that must be made with great care and diligence.No doubt, the speaker would like to go back to a time in his life when there was such a thing as playtime. The innocence of childhood is wonderful. There was a time in childhood when the world was not so serious. Stress and anxiety were far away to nonexistent. To bring back the days of youth is the speaker's desire. Oh to be young again is the speaker's desire. Of course, that is a desire that can only be fulfilled in the imagination. The poem serves its purpose in the speaker's imagination of days gone by.