we How Can You Explain Nostalgia In Birches By Robert Frost ~ Naija Poets
Nostalgic feeling partially surfaced in the poem Birches by Robert Frost in line 23 to 24, "I should prefer to have some boy bend them/ As he went out and in to fetch the cows_"
partially making reference to the nature of his own background as a rural boy who played alone swinging the birch trees remembering how the pleasure used to be "riding them down over and over again/ Until he took the stiffness out
of them/ And not one but hung limp, not one was left/ For him to conquer."( line 29-32)

The full nostalgia began from line 41-44: "So was I once myself a swinger of birches/ 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" because of the burdens and boredom and monotony in adulthood and aging excluding the act of love he enjoyed.

The poem speaker further explained how swinging birches will balance his leaving the earth and returning compared to his leaving the earth after he must have died and wont be opportuned to return.

The poem maintained the theme of balancing, the theme of natural effect versus artificial effect, the theme of irreversibility, etc.


Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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