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

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Comment 140 of 1060, added on January 25th, 2006 at 12:58 AM.

This e-version of this poem (my favorite of all poems) does not separate
the stanzas properly. Each stanza consists of 4 lines, thus there are 4
stanzas.

Thom from Thailand
Comment 139 of 1060, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 1:59 AM.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a poem which teaches us to be
hopeful and appreciate the opportunities. Robert Frost has written 'and
miles to go before I sleep' implying that he is not afraid to die. 'I have
promises to keep' implies that he is conscious of his resposibilities
towards his family,career etc. A very thoughtful and inspiring composition.


Rupinder Singh Madan from India
Comment 138 of 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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 1060, 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

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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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