What is the poem, “Birches” all about?
The poem, “birches” is a simple, descriptive poem about a tall slender tree that has barks that easily peel off. When the wind blows, these birches swing from side to side in the midst of other “darker trees”. This makes the speaker think that some boys are responsible for the swinging.
When I see birches bend to left and right
I like to think some boys been swinging them
He goes on to argue, “But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay. As ice storms do… We are told here, that the breeze can swing the birches, sonic boys do swing the birches hut when ice storms swing or bend these birches, they remain bent.
When the ice covers these birches and they begin to swing from side to side, the birches clash and the touching of the ice usually releases a clicking sound. Then when the sun becomes very hot, the ice blocks covering the birches melt and fall in an “avalanche”. Another observation made by the poet is that when these birches are dragged to bow so low for a very long time, they tend not to recover to normalcy. In other words, they may remain in such a bent position.