Friday, 4 November 2016

(1) Background. The poets share differences in territorial background; William Blake was an English poet born in Broadwick St. Soho, London. While Robert Frost was an American poet born in San Francisco, California.

(2) Plot. Both poems go different direction in terms of narration. The Schoolboy by William Blake talks about child who preferred informal education to the mandatory formal education enforced on him by his parents; while Birches by Robert Frost speaks of his delightful childhood experience of swinging birches
when he happened to find a bent birch tree in passing.

(3) Structure. Another difference can be seen in the craft of both poems. The Schoolboy is a 30 line rhyming poem of six stanzas (with end rhyme scheme of ABABB ACACC) while Birches is a 60 line blank verse with no stanza division.

(1) Nature. They are romantic poets which makes the theme of nature so inevitable. Both persona found an undeniable delight in natural elements; "So was I once myself a swinger of birches/ And so I dream of going back to be" (says Birches by Robert Frost) "I love to rise in a summer morn/ When the birds sing on every tree" (say The Schoolboy by William Blake)

(2) Youthfulness. This is also found in both poems while the youthful schoolboy worried what his adult memories of youth would be if his childhood joy is caged like a bird, on the other hand, the speaker in Birches reminisced his youth at the sight of a bent birch tree.

(3) Freedom. The theme of youthful freedom and the importance of freedom to humankind cannot go unnoticed in the two poems. With the repeated use of rhetorical questions in stanzas 4-6, the schoolboy called for his freedom while Robert Frost in Birches did not only point out the freedom derived in swinging the birches, he also demand his freedom to act without imposition or criticism; "May no fate willfully misunderstand me/ And half grant what I wish and snatch me away/ Not to return. Earth's the right place for love" (says lines 51-53) he closed the poem by saying "One could do worse than be a swinger of birches".

(4) Diction. Another noted similarity is in the chosen words which are very simple to comprehend. Both persona spoke from the first person perspective "I".

[attitude of poet towards nature in birches]

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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