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

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Comment 238 of 628, added on October 2nd, 2008 at 6:47 PM.

I committed this poem to memory nearly sixty years ago when I was seven.
The poem lives for its simple beauty,if for nothing else -- pristinely
equisite beauty that all can share. However, the "woods" has always
represented "death" in my mind -- "lovely, dark and deap" -- which is not
something we can easily choose, even when life is painfully difficult,
because "I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles
to go before I sleep." It is sixty years since I committed this lovely
poem to memory, making it a permanent part of me because that is what
memory is, and I still "have miles to go before I sleep," although that
sleep is today close enough to see that Frost was right.

Gordon Black from United States
Comment 237 of 628, added on July 5th, 2008 at 7:01 AM.

I've recently read some critique about this poem which says that you cannot
know which more important thing is, enjoying being in the woods or keeping
social promoises. I think Frost wanted to make us decide the priority for
ourselves. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm sure that this poem
deeply impressed me and other people around the world.

Suuny from Korea, South
Comment 236 of 628, added on May 25th, 2008 at 8:42 AM.

thank u all for your comments as its helping me for my exam
preparations...

this poem is definitely an inspiration for all of us,it reminds us that we
are in a journey with lots of works to be completed before it ends and
remarks that time waits for none..

jannat from Bangladesh
Comment 235 of 628, added on May 8th, 2008 at 7:33 AM.

Hi! I'm currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a prestigious
school in the Philippines but we have this minor subject, english
literaures of the world.

This masterpiece poem of Frost simply states that the speaker or the writer
is in a dilemma because as stated in the poem, he said that the owner of
this village wont see him if he will just stay for a while because he was
tempted to stay here but a long journey awaits him. The speaker is bemused
if he's gonna stay or not because he has a promise to be kept and that is
to return in reality, the world of man, the civilization and this nature
represents a wish to die because its lovely, dark, and deep.

Jairus from Philippines
Comment 234 of 628, added on April 18th, 2008 at 9:25 AM.

iam a palestinian student, i study english lit. and this poem is the one
which is in my book.
i hope somebody to add me to help me in something.
thanks

montana from Israel
Comment 233 of 628, added on March 24th, 2008 at 12:43 AM.

I have always felt this poem was a metaphor for suicide. Rather than
meaning to inspire it seems the main character has resigned himself to
living to meet his obligations. Beautiful and sad.

Roe from United States
Comment 232 of 628, added on March 12th, 2008 at 3:22 PM.

Frankly speaking, I do'nt know what feelings the writer want to express.I
even don't know who he is,because i come from china. But i know that this
is a very beautiful poem, and i consider that the writer understands life
better than most of the other people.

zhxyforever from China
Comment 231 of 628, added on March 7th, 2008 at 4:05 AM.

im 13 studing this poem in school for all u people thank u very much and
im sure all your comments will help me in my examination

i find the poem unique as well as true in heart
it is how this man suffers and finally dies in peace

and oh yah im Indian stayin in the United Arab Emirates

Jules from United Arab Emirates
Comment 230 of 628, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:39 PM.

as i read this poem i think this is an interpretation of R. Frost's strong
belief in God. The word "He" in the poem is referring to God. and the line
"he will not see me stopping here, to watch his woods fill up with snow"
means that as a human being the trials that come into his way will not be a
cause for him to stop living and believing. "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" means that life is so beautiful, full of trials
and hindrances that may test our belief in Him. but i have promises to
keep--to live and survive the trials that he may give me... because these
trials are the things that will teach me to be strong and be humane.

wilma from Philippines
Comment 229 of 628, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:51 PM.

FEEDING BY WOODS ON A WINTRY EVENING

Was beautiful out feeding tonight. There was a snow squall that dropped
about half an inch in 5-10 minutes. Covered the cattle, the calves, the
corral, the countryside, and my coat. Then the clouds scattered and raced
each other across the sky. They caused a natural strobe-light effect
alternately illuminating and hiding the livestock, the snowcovered fields,
woods and branches, as they passed in front of the nearing-full-moon. I
leaned against a round bale and listened to the concert of a dozen
contented cows agresssively munching hay. They were accompanied by the
faint humming of a far-off airplane and the soft, low, bass-drumming of the
natural gas compressor engines at the McWhorter and the Lightburn Stations,
a few miles distant. The four new calves, with bellies full of warm milk,
danced through the hay I had spread along the fence, limboed under the
'lectric fence into the lane, then do-sah-doed among the round bales stored
under the hemlock tree. The huge ancient double-trunked hemlock that had
sheltered multiple generations and species of birds, livestock, wildlife,
and my ancestors just as it sheltered me and the calves now by bowing its
boughs under a burden of snow like a hen bowing her wings to shelter a
cluster of chicks.

No sirens, no horns, no stereos blasting as there were no cars on the
roads. No dirt bikes, weedeaters, lawnmowers nor chainsaws. A soothing
sound far different than a live band at a local gig who think music must be
loud to be good. They turn the volume up so much that you can’t hear the
music or the words. No drunks yelling obscenities. Not a human voice to
be heard. I didn't want to go back in just to face the eleven o’clock news.


I thought of Robert Frost who said, in Stopping by Woods on a Winter
Evening, “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and
miles to go before I sleep.” I thought of the travelers in that far off
airplane and the miles they had made the commitment to go, to go to keep
the various promises they had made. They chose freely to go but were now
prisoners in that plane; prisoners self-sentenced to their cell for the
duration of the flight to their destination with no escape but through
their thoughts and the comforts within the confines of the cabin. If they
only knew what I had they might want to trade. Perhaps they were asleep
already. I thought of those who failed to keep their promises because
their journeys came to an untimely end.

Frost considered the owner of the wood and if he would object to him
stopping there. These woods and cows and meadow and moment are mine and no
one sees me here or knows where I am. Not even one of the many millions in
this world. Its just as well for they might think something wrong to see a
man, outstanding in his field, in such weather.

Nor is anyone here with whom to share it. It seems so selfish to have it
all to myself but were there a crowd it would not be the same. The essence
of solitude cannot be shared. To share even a smidgen of it, I must write
it, edit it, and refine it, let it grow cold and re-visit it. Simply
telling it would not suffice. I just stood and listened and watched until
the melting snow chilled my shoulders and told me it was time to go in.
Time to go in and enjoy the fireside and peck out a momento of the occasion
for future enlightment, and to reflect on what I had experienced. And time
to get a good nights sleep to be rested for the challenges of the miles to
go and promises to be kept tomorrow. I know the respite and rejuvenenation
Frost enjoyed stopping by the wood that evening. The respite and
rejuvenation we all surely need from time to time as we, as did he, face
our immediate responsibilities as well as the miles to go and promises to
be kept on all of the tomorrows before we sleep that final sleep to which
Frost must have been alluding when he repeated the last stanza, “and miles
to go before I sleep.”
Tarryleas
2-18-08


TerryWashburn from United States

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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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