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

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Comment 53 of 1083, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 1:53 PM.

there is totally a subtle tone of suicidal contemplation. if one reads
frost's other work, one will see how deep his poems are. why would he
suddenly take to writing about winter landscapes, especially during a low
point in his life? there is definatly something more in this poem.

Zera from Portugal
Comment 52 of 1083, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 12:11 PM.

I can see the contemplation of suicide. How death would be like "The woods
are lovely, dark and deep" He is describing a what a low point in life he
is at with "The darkest evening of the year". He changes his mind by saying
"But I have promises to keep" He realizes his obligations are more
important. He chooses life. Which leads to these lines "And miles to go
before I sleep" He decides to keep on living.

Kenneth from United States
Comment 51 of 1083, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 2:46 PM.

I love this pome it is cute and it gives a good fealing when you read it.
Robert Frost is a very talinted person I love reading his work.

Amanda from United States
Comment 50 of 1083, added on April 29th, 2005 at 8:22 AM.

This oem is a great piece of work. I like reading Robert Frost Poems
because you can get so many things out of them. Isn't that what poetry is
about though? What a poem means is what it means ot you. On that note, I
agree with all of your suggestions! I think everyone has great ideas. In
fact I have my own meaning form the poem. It may not be right but I'll
state it anyway. OK, obviously form the first stanza, the narrator knows
who these woods belong to a and where this person lives.From the second and
third stanza, you can see that the horse is kinda funny about stopping with
no sign of civilization around. Which seems kind of awkward since most
places in the old time were uncivilized.From the last stanza you can tell
this this poem is kinda dark.Obviously he has things to do but it kinda
seems strange how he states it.So, with all of that, I think , now its just
my opinion, I think the narrator is death.

Bo Pate from United States
Comment 49 of 1083, added on April 26th, 2005 at 8:02 PM.

its crap!!!! nah but seriously I really like this poem and I defenitely do
not think it is about suicide.

alfreido from Bulgaria
Comment 48 of 1083, added on April 24th, 2005 at 10:41 AM.

I think this poem is just lovely- and I enjoyed reading all the analysises
on this site... look here, though, and click on the picture to watch a
video: http://www.favoritepoem.org/thevideos/alpaugh.html

Tara from United States
Comment 47 of 1083, added on April 13th, 2005 at 3:20 PM.

I'm always suprised by people who see Robert Frost poems as complicated
metaphors of life, and even more suprised when they suggest that elements
of the poem are in fact imaginary. I was fortunate to live in Rural
Vermont for a year some thiry years ago and I had many moments of
breathtaking ephinany as the light and landscape cast up moments of
esquisite beauty. Who hasn't stood in amazement watching a particularly
beautiful snowfall? I can just picture Mr. Frost driving home in his
cutter as evening falls, rounding a gentle bend beside a small lake and
suddenly he stops, astonished at the light and dark of the woods and the
gentle sound of the breeze bourne snow. His horse would shake his bells and
Frost is aware of what the horse thinks; and haven't we all reluctantly
turned away from some beautiful natural phenomenum because we have things
to attend to?

Bob Mumford from Canada
Comment 46 of 1083, added on April 10th, 2005 at 3:00 PM.

I really love this poem. The combination of several elements: Frost's
rhyming scheme (aaba bbcb ccdc dddd), his use of Iambic Pentameter, and the
fact that all the lines have 8 syllables work together to give this poem an
eerily enchanting, almost hypnotic, tone.

THe true meaning of this poem, however, is to express Frost's inner battle
with suicide. In 1905, with 5 children to support and not nearly enough
money to go around, Frost did indeed contemplate suicide. While he
obviously didnt commit suicide, the feeling has most likely lingered on in
him. The fact that Frost wrote this in the first person narrative only
magnifies the connection between his own urges for suicide and those in the
poem.

In this work, Frost shows his conflict by deviding the poem's focus between
the traveller (pro-suicide) and the horse (anti-suicide). Lines such as
"The darkest evening of the year" and "And miles to go before I sleep/ And
miles to go before I sleep" create a depressed, dismal tone that can
reflect the urges for suicide in the poem.

The woods represent death itself; they are quiet, calm, dark and deep.
While the traveller wants to stay in these woods, his horse tries to pull
him away from them.

In the end, we are left hanging in regards to the travellers ultimate fate,
implying that Frost himself had not yet at this point descided between
suicide and life.

Will Foss from United States
Comment 45 of 1083, added on April 8th, 2005 at 11:50 PM.

the poem is a perfect one.the same # of syllables in each line and it has a
perfect rhyming pettern.lol.my techer mr.d told us that .idk anything about
poems and their morals but that one is kind of kool.cool.whatever


america from United States
Comment 44 of 1083, added on April 8th, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

this was my late fathers favorite poem of all time. when he passed away in
1982, this verse was read as a memorial to him.

jill foster 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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