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Comment 98 of 588, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 12:37 PM.

i love this poem... !!! i remember this was part of our syllabus in
school... i loved it then and i love it even now!!! :) :) :)

yangzom from India
Comment 97 of 588, added on October 25th, 2005 at 11:44 PM.

My english teacher, a big, bald, irishman, says that this poem is about
Santa Claus. He says Santa is delivering presents, that is the "promise" he
must keep. The miles to go before he sleeps are the many houses he must
visit to give presents to. The horses harness bells are really sleigh
bells. Its quiet because everyone is sleeping and waiting for Santa to
come. No suicide here... can anyone argue against that logic> (>.>) lol...

Will from United States
Comment 96 of 588, added on October 20th, 2005 at 2:01 AM.

He is thinking about suicide...

Jeremy from United States
Comment 95 of 588, added on October 19th, 2005 at 9:46 PM.

As I see it, having read and reread this wonderful poem many times since my
first encounter at the age of seven, the woods--"lovely, dark, and
deep"--are beckoning to the speaker/narrator's unconscious desires, as if
seducing him to enter, possibly never to return. At the same moment, his
consciousness calls him back to the reality that faces every living
thing--the will to go on living, doing, being. After all, he has "promises
to keep." He has obligations and responsibilities, to others perhaps, and
to himself as a creature of the world with a passion to live. And with a
curiosity that seeks to know the mystery of death.

Don from North Carolina from United States
Comment 94 of 588, added on October 17th, 2005 at 6:48 PM.

i think this poem is absolutely amazing. The way that robert frost portrays
suicide and determintation to continue in life is like....WOW!!!! i love
this poem

ana banana from Peru
Comment 93 of 588, added on October 16th, 2005 at 1:59 PM.

Here is a story:
Our young teacher, Ms. Elizabeth lived happily, teaching us and devoting
her time to her husband, her family and her poetry. When we asked her why
she was always bruised up, she would look away from us and simply say that
she was clumsy and often fell down. We were no fools. Each day, as Ms.
Elizabeth came to class, we turned over and over in our heads the different
possibilities of why Ms. Elizabeth was so clumsy and fell down so much.
Some of us knew the truth before the others did; However, eventually
everyone knew, but no one said a word. Ms. Elizabeth came across "Stopping
by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Mr. Frost. It was in the curriculum which
she had to teach us. One day, Ms. Elizabeth sat down and read us the poem.
She could not finish it because she broke into tears near the end and had
to use the bathroom. Each day afterwards, Ms. Elizabeth would try to read
the poem again and again, but she always broke out into tears. One day,
she finally gave up reading the poem and had us switch to another
assignment: making paper mache. Years afterwards, I took a poetry class in
college. My thesis paper was on the "poetry of Robert Frost and its
connection to everyday life". "Stopping by..." was one of the poems I
wrote about in my paper. I always interpreted it as a journey; it is good
to sometimes stop and admire the scenery, but I cannot let it slow myself
down too much because "I have miles to go before I sleep..." I think this
is the meaning Ms. Elizabeth was trying to believe, each time she read that
poem to us.

TjB from United States
Comment 92 of 588, added on October 14th, 2005 at 4:00 AM.

Here, here Sam! Marvellous.

Dan...innit from United Kingdom
Comment 91 of 588, added on October 14th, 2005 at 3:56 AM.

Absolutely Cracking

Sam Lovell from United Kingdom
Comment 90 of 588, added on October 5th, 2005 at 1:05 PM.

This a poem I learned 3 years ago and I think it's a great poem!

Nae from United States
Comment 89 of 588, added on October 1st, 2005 at 8:02 PM.

How do I love this poem? Let me count the ways! One of the things I've
learned about poetry and apply to this work is that the narrative voice of
the poem is not necessarily the voice of the poet. When Frost framed and
structured this work and chose meter and rhyme scheme and wrote and
rewrote, selecting the words that worked best for him, was he contemplating
a darker meaning of suicide and death? We don't know what he was thinking
outside of composing his work. We know what we think when we search for
metaphors and symbols and analyze their interpretation according to what
we, the readers, think of their meanings to us.
Perhaps to some the winter woods and frozen lake symbolize death. But, to
me those same words evoke a scene of beauty and a sense that there never
seems to be enough time to enjoy the simple beautiful things in life. Years
ago, having lived in up-state NY and close to New England, I had many
opportunities to watch snowfalls in quiet woods. A beautiful scene
beautifully told by Robert Frost.

Al Burnett 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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