Friday, February 5, 2016

Poetry Friday


Poetry Friday is hosted today by The Miss Rumphius Effect.

My selection is "Birches" by RobertFrost, illustrated by Ed Young.

 

Robert Frost, here in a contemplative mood, his poem given a quite background of soft impressionistic watercolors. Young has made no attempt to interpret the words with camera-crisp precision. Wisely, he offers a muted palette that gently hints at the feelings and images evoked by the words.

 

I'm particularly fond of this poem -- here are four of my favorite lines.

 

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.


 


4 comments:

Mary Lee said...

This is one of my favorites by Frost! (And we had a birch tree growing up, although we were NEVER allowed to swing it's branches, regrettably...)

Carol Varsalona said...

I love Ed Young's work so I thank you for showcasing the book that pays tribute to Robert Frost.

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

Is this a new book? I've been trying to locate it in our libraries but to no avail - the combination of Frost's voice and Young's art is bound to be awesome.

Janet S. said...

Birches was published in 2002 and is available from Amazon.

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