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How Does Frost And Wordsworth Convey The Contrast Of Innocence And Experience Of Life Through Nature In Birches And Nutting?

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How does Frost and Wordsworth convey the contrast of innocence and experience of life through nature in Birches and Nutting?

The contrast between innocence and experience is conveyed by Frost and Wordsworth in their poems Birches and Nutting. In Nutting, William Wordsworth uses the memories of him as a young boy going 'Nutting' as a metaphor for the journeys experienced in life which can withdraw our innocence as we mature. Birches, written by Robert Frost uses nature to show how life is constant and regular and thus the cycle of life is unstoppable movement. Frost uses the innocence 'some boy' to connect with nature, and although throughout the poem the 'boy's' innocence can make him ...view middle of the document...

'enamel' is mentioned to paint a pretty picture of a glossy coating for protection that perhaps he wishes he had still in adulthood but has now been removed. The narrator speaks later of how nature can be tough on innocence, as the ice-storm bends the tree branches he writes 'I should prefer to have some boy bend them'. This suggests that he prefers imagination to reality and doesn't like to accept some harsh truths of reality. In contrast to this however, towards the end of the poem the narrator appears to be evaluating, 'Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it;s likely to go better.', this shows his acceptance of the fact that there are limits to setting our imagination free, you must be rational. Critic Watkins said 'Frost contemplates a union with the divine, but he is earthbound' which is reflected in his line 'I don't know where it's likely to go better.', a poignant line, expressing that he cannot simply escape when he would like. He understands that within life, there will always be pain and love, and he expresses this by using the ice-storm as a metaphor for lifes painful experiences, and the way that a Birches branches can 'bend' symbolises how love in life can teach us to recover and continue.
Wordsworth uses the violent imagery of a boys anger to show how innocence can cause us to be...

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