What metaphors are used in Birches by Robert Frost?

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The poem, Birches, by Robert Frost, uses the metaphor of a boy swinging on birches as a metaphor for youth and then corresponding old age. It is a comparison of the joyful abandon of youth with the struggles and burdens that adulthood brings with it. It is clear, then, that Frost prefers youth to old age when he writes, "One could do worse than be a swinger of birches."

Birches by Robert Frost uses metaphor to present his message to the reader. Frost uses the birche tree which compares life and death. The tree represents life and all the frustrations and problems that life brings to man until his last breath. Also, it compares childhood care-free pleasures and the experiences of adulthood. The poet imagines to swing on birch trees again. He imagines of childhood the joy of swinging on birche trees he wants to do that again.Because that is where he finds joy and earth itself is a place of love for the poet. He thought through swinging he can go to heaven in a bit and come back to earth. However metaphor is a prominent device used by the poet to convey his message to the reader.


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