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

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Comment 80 of 1060, added on September 6th, 2005 at 7:05 AM.

I love this poem, but sadly I think that a lot of people here may be
misinterpreting it. I believe that this poem is similar in it's use of
metaphors to "The Road Not Taken", but to understand this we must look at
the poem.

"...the darkest evening of the year"

This line (to me, at least) implies that the subject is experiencing harsh
times and difficulty. His "little horse must think it queer" that he is
stopping to watch someone else's woods fill up with snow, though he is
obviously captivated. The snow and the "dark and deep" woods can be read as
metaphors for withdrawal, passivity or death. If one considers that the
subject is contemplating staying the woods (ie giving up on life) or
pressing on to his carry out his responsibilities in life, a deeper meaning
is found.

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

This last stanza speaks of determination and a willingness to continue.
"Sleep" can be literally interpreted as death, and the "miles to go" and
"promises to keep" both have literal meanings. The subject is choosing to
continue his metaphorical journey through life, rather than withdrawing
into passivity, as I stated before.

Samantha Lo Monaco from Australia
Comment 79 of 1060, added on September 3rd, 2005 at 7:14 PM.

I imagine that the person that is 'stopping by the woods' is enjoying his
solitude and the lonliness of the woods. But his enjoyment is not quite
complete because of the horses that are restless at the stop. He is pulled
away from his reverie by his responsibilities, a very effective way for
Frost to illustrate the poignancy of the moment.

james troy from United States
Comment 78 of 1060, added on August 27th, 2005 at 4:57 PM.

Many have commented on this particular poem. I realise that what I say may
not make a difference at all... in fact, I'd be suprised if anyone actual
reads this. But then, I am more writing to clear my own mind then to
actually affect anothers. So I'm going to ramble on for a minute, if you
don't mind.

My favorite part of this poem is how he thinks of the point of view of his
horse, who sees no need in being there. There is not benifit, nothing of
worth to thier situation. But the rider sees something different. He sees
something worth stopping for. So, quite literally, beauty is in the eye of
the beholder. Anyway, even though the beauty has caused him to pause, the
confusion of his horse calls him back to reality. Reminds him of what he
must do. Responsability and a promise of a better tomorrow calls him away
from his present joys. [/ramble]

Actually, I believe that there is no hidden meaning in this poem, that
there's no 'other circimstance' it was meant to represent. It is simply
beautiful. But it does make you think, doesn't it?

Kaili from United States
Comment 77 of 1060, added on August 23rd, 2005 at 5:50 AM.

I feel, 'miles to go before I sleep' means he has to accomplish so much in
his lifetime

rashmi
Comment 76 of 1060, added on August 22nd, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

this was once my report and really find me difficult but as i always repeat
read this it made me understand easily. it s very nice poem with its deep
meaning

cynhtia claire alsola from Philippines
Comment 75 of 1060, added on August 21st, 2005 at 2:17 AM.

i have read the other comments and it somewhat had an effect on how I
perceived this poem but at first for me, I think this poem talks about the
choices we made in our life. And those choices are made between good and
evil. I think the woods represents the seductions in life which everyone of
us are easily attracted to but deep in ourseleves we know that we have to
decide for the right thing to do.

lucy from Philippines
Comment 74 of 1060, added on August 14th, 2005 at 6:45 PM.

Sup NAF.
I love this poem it talks abt snow and ice.I like snow and ice coz its
white.

Pumps from Australia
Comment 73 of 1060, added on August 14th, 2005 at 12:06 PM.

I have always wondered if this poem had a very different meaning than is
often suggested. Perhaps I am crazy, but to me it sounds like the
reflections of a man who is having an affair with another man's wife.

Has anyone else ever thought that?



Josh from United States
Comment 72 of 1060, added on August 10th, 2005 at 4:10 PM.

Poetry, like any other form of art, should be experienced through your
guts.

Plain beautiful.

Twayne from Finland
Comment 71 of 1060, added on August 4th, 2005 at 2:29 PM.

This has been my alltime favourite poem. i can feel the the whole life thru
this poem. It depicts the life of humans in the world.

The first few lines suggests that there was no one else around the poet....
which reminds me of the loniliness of us in the present day world. Not sure
if its scary but its defnitely a very rare and extraordinary feeling.

when the poet says that he is not sure as to whose place he is at, it
suggests the ignorance of man on where we are and the confusion within him
as to why he is here.


woods are lovely dark and deep... isnt it amazing the way he has expalined
the whole complex and uncertain life with ups and downs in 3 strong words
The last four lines is so inspiring and means so much in real life.... It
keeps me going in any of my lifes hard phases.when he says he has miles to
go before he goes to sleep....i can feel it myself. although the world he
scary, his commitments and responsiblity urges him to move on than
surrender to the difficult life

saira biju from India

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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
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Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2000


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