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Personification in Birches

Personification Examples in Birches:

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"though once they are bowed  So low for long, they never right themselves:..."   (Text of the Poem)

This description of the birches represents an example of both personification and the pathetic fallacy. The speaker subtly imagines the birches as people “bowed/so low for long, they never right themselves.” As the poem unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that the speaker views himself as such a person, particularly when comparing himself to the carefree, birch-swinging boy he once was.

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