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

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Comment 36 of 1056, 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 1056, 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 1056, 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 1056, 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 1056, 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 1056, 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
Comment 30 of 1056, added on January 27th, 2005 at 10:27 AM.

This is A great poem it has been her for generations and will be here for a
long time so why dont you people get a life please your anyong

Chad fish from United States
Comment 29 of 1056, added on January 19th, 2005 at 4:35 PM.

I discussed this poem with my class of 9/10 year olds in Cardiff, Wales.
None of them offered the suggestion that it was about death or suicide.
Ideas offered:- Father Christmas delivering presents by horse and carriage,
promising to deliver on time and not be seen.
Jack Frost covering the woodlands in white, promising not to miss
anything.
A rich man has been Christmas shopping and has promised his wife and
children not to be late, but the horse is slow.
How did the poem make them feel? Lonely, joyful, insecure, peaceful, calm,
Christmasy.
Did they like it? All except one. They could almost feel themselves in the
wood, feel the cold and experience the quiet. One wanted to throw
snowballs.

Trisha from United Kingdom
Comment 28 of 1056, added on January 11th, 2005 at 3:13 PM.

I had to memorize this poem when I was in 3rd grade and it was the first
Robert Frost poem I ever read. I am now 26 years old and I still remember
every word. It truly is a beautiful poem.

Christy from United States
Comment 27 of 1056, added on January 8th, 2005 at 1:32 PM.

Frost's poems,if read closely, should give you a deeper understanding of
reality and the human condition. Whether the speaker is a middle-aged man
in limbo, a doctor, a post-man, the pizza delivery guy, Santa Claus (who
has reindeer, not a "little horse"), or the human ego, the sentiment is the
same. We, as fallen humans, often desire to put down our self-imposed
responsibilities and give in to the seduction of nature, the call of the
wild. We are so conditioned (like our horses) to fulfill our promises and
be part of the "village," or accepted by people that we "think [we] know,"
that we rarely stop and admire the beauty around us. This speaker does and
becomes dangerously drawn to the temptation of such beauty. But, like a
good little Christian, he decides to do what he doesn't want to
do...fulfill those promises. Through this depressed speaker (notice the
repetition of the last two lines, the desire to sleep), we see that we
should stop and admire, but we should also give in to this desire...we may
discover ourselves in those woods much more than if we just stop "by" the
woods and return to our fast-paced society.

jellyroll from United Kingdom

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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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