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

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Comment 113 of 713, 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
make sence'.

I'll break apart the second paragraph, because that's the easiest one to
explain.
"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 112 of 713, added on November 30th, 2005 at 3:17 AM.

We didnt really like or understand the poem

Megan and Mable from Ireland
Comment 111 of 713, 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
properly!

Marie from Ireland
Comment 110 of 713, added on November 28th, 2005 at 11:08 PM.

this poem needs to be improved

Bob
Comment 109 of 713, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 6:51 PM.

The nature is always charming!
After all,we have to live in this society

catherine from China
Comment 108 of 713, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 12:42 PM.

WHAT A FANTASTIC POEM

ROSE SEDES from Australia
Comment 107 of 713, 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.

Kim from United States
Comment 106 of 713, 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

zeina from Egypt
Comment 105 of 713, added on November 10th, 2005 at 11:20 PM.

A deceptive poem, "Stopping..." begins rather innocently: simple rhymes
describing a brief pause in the narrator's light, horse-carriage evening
journey through a peaceful, snowy forest. But then come the final lines,
four stanzas that convey the impression of staring into an abyss, or of
wandering endlessly into a deep and unfanthomable blankness.

A very clever, ominous, and powerful poem, indeed.

shnaggletooth from United States
Comment 104 of 713, added on November 9th, 2005 at 2:04 PM.

I have heard this poem/song a lot in my life and i really think that this
poem has a deep meaning into it besides just having someone stop in the
woods. The poem is saying to have courage and to take chances. this poem
really inspired me.

Ashley 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
Viewed: 1947 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2000


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