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Facts in Birches

Facts Examples in Birches:

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"He learned all there was  To learn about not launching out too soon ..."   (Text of the Poem)

Birch swinging involves climbing the slender trunk of a birch tree and then casting one’s body outward, bringing the treetop down to the ground. The speaker’s note here about “not launching out too soon” concerns the importance of getting close to the top of the tree before launching out so that the tree bends rather than uprooting and collapsing.

"I like to think some boy's been swinging them. ..."   (Text of the Poem)

The central activity—and conceit—of the poem is birch swinging. This is a practice whereby one climbs to the top of a birch tree and swings outward, causing the slender tree to bend so dramatically that the treetop reaches down to the ground, allowing the person to dismount. As the poem develops, Frost envisions various metaphorical purposes the practice can fulfill.

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