FC: My Poetry Portfolio By: Emma J
1: Table of Contents PG 2: Poetry Terms PG 4: Birches by Robert Frost PG 14: TPCASTT PG 17: Narrative and Ode
2: Poetry Terms | Realism: The tendency to view or represent something as it is. Ex: "A long road."
3: Poetry Terms | Couplet: A two line stanza that usualy rhymes Ex: School is fun, I wil be sad when it's done. | A reference to history or mythology ect... that is unstated but the reader is expected to know it. Ex: "Four score and twenty years ago....
4: “Birches” – Robert Frost WHEN I see birches bend to left and right Across the line of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay. Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them 5
5: Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells 10
6: Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust— Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen. They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load, And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed 15 So low for long, they never right themselves:
7: You may see their trunks arching in the woods Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair Before them over their heads to dry in the sun. 20 But I was going to say when Truth broke in
8: With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm (Now am I free to be poetical?) I should prefer to have some boy bend them As he went out and in to fetch the cows— 25 Some boy too far from town to learn baseball, Whose only play was what he found himself,
9: Summer or winter, and could play alone. One by one he subdued his father's trees By riding them down over and over again 30 Until he took the stiffness out of them, And not one but hung limp, not one was left For him to conquer. He learned all there was To learn about not launching out too soon
10: And so not carrying the tree away 35 Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise To the top branches, climbing carefully With the same pains you use to fill a cup Up to the brim, and even above the brim. Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish, 40
11: Kicking his way down through the air to the ground. So was I once myself a swinger of birches; And so I dream of going back to be. It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood 45 Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
12: Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. 50 May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
13: And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it's likely to go better. I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, 55 And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, But dipped its top and set me down again. That would be good both going and coming back. One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. 60
14: T: I think it is talking about birch trees. P: He is talking about seeing birch trees bent and he wishes kids playing on them had bent them but it was really a storm that did it. He describes the sight and is sad. C: Frost uses a lot of imagery in this poem. For example in lines one and two of the poem he describes seeing bent birch trees against darker trees. Another example of imagery is in lines nineteen and twenty he describes seeing girls paying in the leaves and drying their hair in he sun.
15: Another example of imagery is in lines thirt-nine through forty-one he describes seeing a boy climbing up a tree and jumping off. Imagery is also used in lines forty-five through forty-nine through fortynine. He describes a walk in the woods sort of. An example of symbolism is the last line of the poem. He is symbolizing the thought that there is always something through fortynine. He describes a walk in the woods sort of. An example of symbolism is the last line of the poem. He is symbolizing the thought that there is always somthing worse waiting. My interpretation of the poem is that he is saying no to bottle up your feelings. He is also saying to be genuine.
16: A: The speaker feels very sorrowful and has deep thoughts. There is a big feeling of self doubt and a wanting for somthing he lost or wanted. S: A shift in feeling in lines fortyone through sixty. He gets more personal and deeper in his own thoughts. T: The theme is that expessing ourselves is important and good for the soul. T: The tiltle is a metaphore for self expression.
17: Ode to the Brown eyed Boy Whose eyes are warm and soft, Whose face is like a china toy, Whose words lift my spirits aloft, His voice is like the coo of a dove, His hair smooth and fine, Ode to the boy with a heart of love, Oh how I wish he were mine, The boy who is kind, And a face like a china toy, I think him a find, Ode to the brown eyed boy
18: Narrative There once was a guy named Mike, Who decided to go on a hike, But he hit a big snag, He didn't have a bag, So silly was that boy named Mike. So now he sat and huffed, Cause things were getting rough, Cause without a bag, And being caught in this snag, Where would he put his stuff?
19: So he rushed to the store, And found bags galore, He got the first one he saw, And shouted a big hurra, For the hike was on once more!