Robert Frost performs his poem “Birches” in this audio clip. I enjoyed hearing how this famous poet’s voice actually sounds as well as how Frost chooses to pace his poem. Wouldn’t this be interesting audio to share and discuss with students?
“Birches” includes excellent nature and seasonal imagery and many memorable, descriptive excerpts. I also especially like when Frost, in one line of the poem, asks, “Now am I free to be poetical?”—demonstrating that poems can be conversational and ask questions of the reader.
One favorite excerpt:
Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
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.
Poetry Friday is hosted at Paper Tigers this week.
Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Author and Publisher Liaison Librarian