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

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Comment 90 of 1060, 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 1060, 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
Comment 88 of 1060, added on September 28th, 2005 at 3:36 PM.

This is my all time favorite poem by my all time favorite poet. I think
it's pretty simple. He's not really referring to stopping in the woods,
he's referring to death. He's tired and wishes he could just lay down and
sleep, but he has many things to do (many miles to go) before he 'sleeps'.
It almost makes me feel kinda sad.. --wipes tear-- lol.
~Leyla

Leyla from United States
Comment 87 of 1060, added on September 21st, 2005 at 1:16 PM.

About 40 years ago, my 7th grade English teacher made us memorize a bunch
of poems, including this one. I find it amazing that I can still recite
every one of them. What a great gift that teacher gave us! I also
remember that this one was very easy to learn because the rhymes follow a
pattern AABA BBCB CCDC DDDD (i.e., Here-Queer, Lake-Shake, Sweep-Deep).
In the years that followed, I have often pondered the poem's deeper
meanings. Like Bible verses, meanings often evolve a bit as the reader
grows older. In 7th grade, I thought it was just a nice story about a guy
and his horse stopping by a woods. Only the last line had a deeper meaning
for me... that he had a lot of stuff to do before he died. I think it's a
mark of great poem when children and adults can both get something out of
it. Sort of like baseball... it can be enjoyed on many levels, from
tee-ball to high school to the big leagues.

Mark Otterson from United States
Comment 86 of 1060, added on September 18th, 2005 at 8:41 AM.

This is about a dude goin in the woods

Jennie from Austria
Comment 85 of 1060, added on September 15th, 2005 at 4:39 PM.

To me this poem talks about in the first stanza about a guy on a journey.
and on this journey he is determined to accomplish the journey.

In the second stanze I interpreted that maybe the guy and his horse didn't
quite understand why they were going on this particular journey.

In the 3rd stanza it is clear that both the guy and the horse do not
understand and would like an answer.

And finally in the 4th stanza i interpreted that on his journey he would
love to stop in the woods he is in but he has a purpose to fulfill before
he can rest again.


Jimbob from New Zealand
Comment 84 of 1060, added on September 15th, 2005 at 5:25 AM.

This poem is a poem of theism.we find the god, soul, a bit escapism but
just consciousness again.work, responsibilities,promisses to all our kiths
and kins,things we do though we r not interested.
horse is taking the poet in the journey,so it is our soul and we all are
represented by poet himself."whose woods" must be of god himself,but the
poet is not sure of it.the horse an animal has to make him conscious by
giving harness a shake. the last lines, really a commitment to live a
life,. very symbolic too,like evening time, snow,woods dark and deep still
lovely,but no sequence in vocabulary.any way a superb piece of frost.

ishwor kadel from Nepal
Comment 83 of 1060, added on September 12th, 2005 at 2:37 PM.

well,i read this poem when i was in 9th class,it was in our english book. i
am really impressed by this poem..the last stanza contains the whole
message.its my all time favourite poem. i have miles to go before i
sleep...

speedytan from Pakistan
Comment 82 of 1060, added on September 12th, 2005 at 9:45 AM.

What do I see when I read this poem. I see a man on a mission, maybe some
weighty responsibility, definitely on a journey. Itís interesting that what
really drew him was the complete aloneness he felt in the woods. The
absolute privacy. Yet he had a sense of trespassing ... "He will not see me
stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow". It was a stolen
moment; a moment he might never just get an opportunity to enjoy again on
his journey through life. For a moment, he could forget about his
responsibilities, about his commitments, about the World.
But reality soon sets in. And the weight of what he still has to accomplish
comes back to him, and he has to make a choice. To stay, or to go.
I find that I agree with those who think the choice is between life and
death, in a sense. Something about the woods would have taken the weight of
his obligations off him, but he chooses to live, and to continue on his
journey through life.
After all said and done, itís a beautiful piece. Simply beautiful


David from South Africa
Comment 81 of 1060, added on September 8th, 2005 at 10:08 AM.

When I first read this poem - that is now my favorite -
as many others, I thought about willingness to death.. then I read it
again, and I couldn't see why I had thought of that... the point is, now,
for me it's so clear that the subject of this poem is an affair...

'Whose woods are these I think I know'
it's clear... and it's also confirmed in the analysis of the rhythm...

in the first 3 stanzas, there is a different sound in the rhyme... in my
opinion, this is a clue to understand the poem... Since, in my point of
view, it's about an affair, the poem itself doesn't tell us if the couple
will be together in the end... but the rhythm does... In the last stanza,
there is only 1 rhyme, that can mean 'there is nobody in between them now,
they'll be together'.


Monna from Brazil

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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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