Comment -470 of , added on December 1st, 2005 at 9:10 PM.
It seems essential to mention that the traveler is aware these are not his
woods, yet he knows the owner. He has left that "human" and "material"
world behind. He is in a dreamlike place where he is now aware of two
things: the woods filling with snow and the horse shaking his harness. One
silent and distant and one very real. His journey cannot stop here, no
matter how pleasant the idea. None of our journeys can. The snow will
fall and fill, but the horse and harness cannot be ignored. The traveler
knows what he has to do. Once he has left, once we have left, we must
finish what we have begun. There is no turning back. We can assure
ourselves of that.
Jacob Moore from United States
Comment -471 of , added on November 30th, 2005 at 12:10 PM.
I think it is about the easter bunny because bunnies can hop and the eat
pimpin james from United States
Comment -472 of , added on November 30th, 2005 at 7:52 AM.
It's amazing that not everyone understands this poem. Actually, being the
only one in my Cont. LA class to finally understand that the lines are
centered around death. It doesn't surprise me that some comment 'it doesn't
I'll break apart the second paragraph, because that's the easiest one to
"He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake." The horse is trying to get his master to
move on, to not think about such things that are as dreary as death. He
wants to know if this is really what must happen and if they really are in
the right place.
"The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake." He's describing the place around him, of how
he is pondering this move and leaving the horse unanswered. As many are
confronted with such a though, it's best to either not answer or simply
smile and move on.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep," Death seems wonderful, as it will
bring about no more pain. They'll suck away all the troubles of this world.
It seems like a very inviting call to the traveler.
"But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep." He realizes here that death is not the
answer because there are others he has to live for. Understanding that
there is still quite a while before he must come to this place again, he
travels on. The Sleep, metaphoically used to represent death, is still a
long way off in his life.
hope that helps some understanding the message here, i'll leave the rest to
be decoded by someone else ^_^.
Jisu from United States
Comment -473 of , added on November 30th, 2005 at 3:17 AM.
We didnt really like or understand the poem
Megan and Mable from Ireland
Comment -474 of , added on November 30th, 2005 at 3:12 AM.
I think this poem is very good! it is about nature and i think nature is
beautiful! some people didnt likew this poem but i think they didnt read it
Comment -475 of , added on November 28th, 2005 at 11:08 PM.
this poem needs to be improved
Comment -476 of , added on November 22nd, 2005 at 6:51 PM.
The nature is always charming!
After all,we have to live in this society
Comment -477 of , added on November 22nd, 2005 at 12:42 PM.
WHAT A FANTASTIC POEM
Comment -478 of , added on November 22nd, 2005 at 12:14 PM.
I would say that, by far, this is my favorite poem.. I read it in a book
once and have been obsessed with it ever since.. I just think it's cool how
he's saying that he could have died there if he didn't have his horse to
bring him back to reality and snap him out of a daydream.
from United States
Comment -479 of , added on November 14th, 2005 at 10:58 AM.
i think it is the best poem i have ever read in my life
it explained life and its problems and happiness so i love it so much