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Analysis and comments on Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Comment 40 of 1060, added on April 5th, 2005 at 7:36 PM.

Christmas 2004 i was looking at our christmas books and i saw this one and
i am planing on doing this poem for my report and my favorite poet is
Robert Frost. My class reads poems bye Robert Frost to my class. She has a
poster of The Road Not Taken!

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 39 of 1060, added on April 3rd, 2005 at 6:42 PM.

I have always loved this poem. It speaks on so many different levels and
has such pulling language. Every time that I have an assignment in English
and am able to pick the poem that I write on, this is the poem that I
choose!

Aimee from United States
Comment 38 of 1060, added on March 28th, 2005 at 10:18 AM.

Many years ago I was required to memorize this poem for a class recital. I
never truly understood the poem then, but it always stayed with me and to
this day I can still recite it. At many points in my life this poem has
come back to me, perhaps that was the point, to mean something slightly
different at points in life.

The woods represent our lives, which at times seem to be owned by others
“Whose woods these are I think I know”. This person has stopped to reflect
upon their responsibilities in life “His house is in the village, though”,
not to himself, but others.

“My little horse must think it queer”, that voice inside of us that always
tells us “no time for this”…and in the end accepting our responsibility,
but better for the brief pause to place it in perspective…”The woods are
lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before
I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”

Whenever the responsibilities of life seems to be getting heavy, and I wish
to run from them this poem enters my mind, and I stop to look at the woods
and gain a new perspective. Maybe it’s just my interpretation and it holds
no merit. But, Thank you anyway Mr. Frost, for I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


RG from United States
Comment 37 of 1060, added on March 9th, 2005 at 11:33 PM.

i read the poem and was searching the web when i found a small analysis abt
the poem.

Stopping By Woods On Snowy Evening By Frost

In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," we have a man who stops in the
woods to watch the snow fall. The speaker finds these woods to escape from
the everyday stresses of life. My own interpretation is that the man finds
himself at a critical crossroad in his life and he flees to these woods to
reflect on his life. The woods that Frost illustrates are a representation
of heaven. Although the man is turning to God for guidance, he is neither
in nor near a church. Even still, he believes his location is irrelevant to
God, who ultimately listens no matter what. In the second stanza, the horse
is only a figment of his imagination. This "horse" is, in actuality, the
speaker's own consciousness, a moment that we create something to relive
the stress of our deepest emotions. It acts as an internal censor to keep
us close to sanity, the value of life, and maybe even God trying to save
his life. When he comes "Between the woods and frozen lake," he finds that
he is at a crossroad in life. The speaker ponders what direction to take,
whether to live as the moral man that he is, or to take the easy way out by
taking his own life. Frost portrays "The darkest evening of the year," as
the speaker comes to the end of his road. In the third stanza, while the
speaker is giving "His harness bells a shake," he is really contemplating
and asking himself if he should go through with the suicide. The restful
imagery of "lovely, dark and, deep" provides a simple, peaceful, and calm
feeling that attracts the speaker to suicide. He realizes that he had
"promises to keep," but we can only hope that he decided to fulfill his
obligations to God, his family, his friends, and most importantly– to
himself. However, we will never know because as the poem comes to a close,
there is no ending. Instead, the refrains only present a fade out and the
poem is left open-ended. It is for us as readers to wonder if the speaker
will create the only peacefulness that he knows or will he choose to remain
the man that already exists.


i hope this will help all those who are doing a research abt the poem.
Although i can't remember the url i found the above info in you can search
through search engines and find other analysis. we all have diferent views
but i agree with whoever wrote the above anlysis.overall i like the poem
and hoorah to frost for writing such a nice rhyming poem.

senorita from Kenya
Comment 36 of 1060, added on March 9th, 2005 at 11:46 PM.

i think this is a very meaningful poem which talk about a man who knows he
has responsibilities to take care of and that he can't waste any time doin
other silly things. he has a life to live and make sure that every breath
of his life should be sacrificed towards the lives he holds.

Babz from Kenya
Comment 35 of 1060, added on March 4th, 2005 at 3:38 PM.

Some people said they did not understand the poem. Try this link for an
explanation http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/frost/woods.htm . I
loved the poem when I fist read it, but now I understand it even better.

D from United States
Comment 34 of 1060, added on March 3rd, 2005 at 3:35 PM.

My English teacher had me to read this poem to our class back in 1953 and I
have loved it ever since then and it has been an inspiration to me
throughout my life. I never tried to write poetry untill this last year and
I now know why this poem was so important to me. Thank you Mr. Frost so
very much.

phyllis west from United States
Comment 33 of 1060, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 11:54 AM.

In 1962 , at Dartmouth, I heard Frost say, after reciting this poem, that
his favorite lines were in that poem. They were: "He gives his harness
bells a shake/ To ask if there is some mistake..."

Daniel Muchinsky from United States
Comment 32 of 1060, added on February 17th, 2005 at 8:08 AM.

Frost tells an entire story in just 16 lines. It is a "stop and smell the
roses" theme in the winter time. The feeling created of being alone in the
woods insulated by the snow is one of comfort, not death. I think it is
just about a guy in a hurry to get somewhere, who simply stops to take in
all the great winter beauty that surrounds him.

John Morgan from United States
Comment 31 of 1060, added on February 8th, 2005 at 8:59 PM.

i read this poem in my freshman year,(this year) in the ib program. imagery
is very vivid and the reader really feels like they are sitting next to the
night rider. it occured to me that this poem symbolizes the tumult of our
daily life, and how we should stop and just "smell the roses" more often.
although, we still need to "get back to business" for we cannot get too
lazy. Make what you want of it, i'm not at all an expert at analyzing
poems, but i have taken a liking to this one in particular.

amanda from United States

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Information about Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 24. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: 1923
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2000


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