When he wrote Birches in 1913, Robert Frost was living in Beaconsfield in England, far
When he wrote Birches in 1913, Robert Frost was living in Beaconsfield in England, far away from the New England woodlands of his childhood. Saying “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader” Frost claimed never to have started a poem the ending of which he already knew. This poem manages to be many things at once: a celebration of joyful childhood play, an interrogation of memory and a technical tour de force with a cascade of images rendered in iambic pentameter that comes very close to the sound of everyday speech.
Birches is one of Frost’s most widely admired and anthologised poems. Over the course of two hours, we will work towards a deeper understanding of the poem through repeated readings, analysis and discussion.
- Facilitated by Caroline Hammond
- Single meeting study, Thursday 3 June 2021, 6-8.00pm
- £25 includes background materials and opening notes
TO REGISTER for the study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £25. Contact us if you prefer to pay by direct bank transfer. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration. The study is limited to 10 participants. Please contact us if you have any questions.