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

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Comment 138 of 618, added on January 19th, 2006 at 6:05 AM.

I agree that Frost in this poem is not contemplating suicide in THIS poem,
but rather he is embracing the fact that he has a life to live before he
goes. Using the line "And miles to go before i sleep", implies that he's
not afraid of death. Although he uses the word 'sleep' as a metaphor for
death in his other poems, in this one he uses it in a more softer tone. He
knows that he will die but knows also that "he has promises to keep",
which, really getting to the point, is living his life and appreciating his
opportunities. Even the fact that he and his horse stops at the snowy woods
shows that he is stopping to appreciate the sight around him. On the deeper
level he is appreciating life and what he has around him, ie, family, good
career, etc....hmmmm i hope all that is right because i'm sitting and exam
in an hour's time on Frost hehe.

Maria from Ireland
Comment 137 of 618, added on January 18th, 2006 at 6:42 PM.

This profound poem is about our lost connection with the natural world.
Our ego bound activities take over our entire adult life. No time to
appreciate the natural world. No time for activities that have no
specific reason to admire nature. Even the horse senses there is
something wrong with stopping in these woods because the horse is
trained by humans.
"...promises to keep.." is the abiding theme of all of our lives as
urban dwellers and it is very, very sad.


fgadga from Chile
Comment 136 of 618, added on January 12th, 2006 at 12:36 AM.

I've been reading a few of the other comments, and I find it hard to
believe that this poem is about suicide at all. His tale and
descriptiveness of the emotions leaves no room to assume that the character
wants or feels the need to commit suicide. However, there are somber
underlying currents to this poem that suggest the ultimate sadness
bestilled in his being. Perhaps the coldness and darkness of the winter
night symbolize these emotions as continues on his endless journey to
search for something he seems to have lost. Maybe his own personal
experiences took away part of himself, and he's out to find whatever he
can. His solitude, with his only companion being the horse, suggests a
highly individualistic nature brought about by a certain loss earlier in
his life. The poem ends with a repetition of "And miles to go before I
sleep," suggesting that he knows that obstacles that lay ahead in his task,
and points to unwillingness to give up.
I like it.

Kristin from United States
Comment 135 of 618, added on January 9th, 2006 at 10:39 PM.

just like what Iqbal said to us that those who on the move have gone a
head/those who tarried even a while got crushed/halt is out of place. Just
keep move on.................

taufiq from Indonesia
Comment 134 of 618, added on January 9th, 2006 at 2:08 AM.

yes this poem is definately about death and suicide and the horse reminds
him there are still things he has to take care of and people he has made
promises to so there for he cares for others more than himself.

justin from Japan
Comment 133 of 618, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 5:32 AM.

I tkink this poem is a symbole of our life.We are like travellers in this
world & our life is like a "passing shadow".

Eman from Yemen
Comment 132 of 618, added on December 30th, 2005 at 10:20 PM.

robert forst's this poem is excellent conveying us to perform work before
metting Mr. death.This existing world can be vision from different
angle.This world is composed of beautiful scenery; we are amazed to vision
it, but human being had to perform innumberable work before embrassing
death.

yubraj from Nepal
Comment 131 of 618, added on December 30th, 2005 at 10:01 PM.

robert forst's thid poem is excellent in nature and structure.robert urge
us to do something before embressing the death. nature and woods scenery
are plesing to every one but one need to do lot of thing before embrssing
death.



yubraj from Netherlands
Comment 130 of 618, added on December 30th, 2005 at 1:19 PM.

i am a child of 12 years, i sang this poem at my carol service, it was done
beautifully, i go to portora royal school, look it up

Jamie Blair from United Kingdom
Comment 129 of 618, added on December 28th, 2005 at 2:10 PM.

I think that it's very possible for this poem to have more than one
meaning. However, I still have trouble agreeing with the notion that it's
simply about a late night ride in the forest. That could be all that Robert
Frost had in mind when he wrote it, but I doubt it. I also doubt this poem
is just about the beauty of winter, although it could be. I believe this
poem is symbolism of contemplating suicide and realizing that suicide is
not the way. I also see it as a poem about the importance of life and not
giving up. Suicide may not be the exact message, but I feel the message
definitely has something to do with life's struggles, giving up on life,
and questioning ourselves in our darkest moments. It's about our own
strength within us in times of heartache. Suicide, however, still seems to
me to be an obvious answer. This doesn’t mean Robert Frost himself thought
about killing himself. The inspiration for this poem could have come
elsewhere. Maybe he just wanted to get this poem out as a message of hope.
Maybe he knew someone who was going through a similar situation as the
speaker; a friend or family member. Whatever his reason for writing this
poem, I personally see it as very uplifting, positive, and inspiring. That
last stanza speaks to me. It speaks to anyone who has considered throwing
it all away. Assuming that it is about suicide, the fact that the speaker
has a change of heart and realizes that he in fact does have more to
accomplish before his time is done is beautiful. The message is clear:
never give up, ever. I love to read it when I am feeling sad. It picks me
up and reminds me that I can get passed it.

Nicole 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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