But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay Note the heavy bold stressed syllables and normal unstressed. It is not the desire of escape that forms the central theme of the poem, but the love of the earth.
The crystal pieces of ice are driven to the 'bracken' and appear unbreakable although they are kept down for long and they do not raise themselves again, but years afterwards their trunks are seen arching in the woods. In times like this, the poet feels the need to take a break.
The upward motion requires a complement, a swing in the other direction to maintain a livable balance. And so I dream of going back to be. In writing this poem, Frost was inspired by his childhood experience with swinging on birches, which was a popular game for children in rural areas of New England during the time.
He does so by letting his artistic thoughts run wild.
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, 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. Then he applied his feet to the birches and gave a start and reached the ground through the air in no time.
Sometimes we feel highly burdened. May no fate willfully misunderstand me … One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. Birches has four distinct sections: starting in the present - When I see line 1 moving on into the past - Often you must have seen line 5 before revisiting the present - And so I dream line 42 and ending with future wishes - I'd like to get away line 48 Within the various areas of action the speaker takes the reader on a journey of sorts, starting with the ubiquitous birches against the darker straight trees and moving on through the process of swinging, which involves ice-storms, a lone boy and lots of wishful thinking.