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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Analysis



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Whose woods these are I think I know.


His house is in the village, though;


He will not see me stopping here


To watch his woods fill up with snow.





My little horse must think it queer


To stop without a farmhouse near


Between the woods and frozen lake


The darkest evening of the year.





He gives his harness bells a shake


To ask if there is some mistake.


The only other sound's the sweep


Of easy wind and downy flake.





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.






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The beauty with poetry is that every one can have his own take on a poem. This is one of the most thought provocking poem i ever read. If you ask me, this poem is about one who does not normally endulge in worldly pleasures often but rather lives a life of 'purpose' call it a productive life focussing on things that 'matter'. when the speaker finally 'goes out' he feels the joy of it but he is certain that he is a strenger to that community. No one knows him and he feels un noticed but some how he knows that he has missed out on alot of fun even though part of his conscience is telling him 'what the hell are you doing here wasting your valuable time' he finally chooses not to waste any more time because he has got alot to acomplish before he dies.

| Posted on 2013-10-24 | by a guest


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Haven\'t you ever been so captivated by snowfall at night that you got \"lost\" in the enjoyment of it till a noise startled you and drew your attention reminding you that you\'d better get home and get things done before bedtime?

| Posted on 2012-10-27 | by a guest


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This poem is about not getting caught up in the finer things in life. And to know you have responsibilities and \"promises to keep\" before you die or \"sleep\".

| Posted on 2012-05-19 | by a guest


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I think if you see the owner of the woods as God, whose house is in every New England village, the rest of the poem is more clear. The line about the owner not seeing him stop is a bit tongue in cheek as if God doesn\'t get away from the church in the village much.

| Posted on 2012-05-12 | by a guest


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the persona in the poem seems to be enchanted by death and the life until eternity ( the woods are lovely dark and deep)but the responsibilities and his due errands won\'t let him enjoy the eternal bliss (i have promises to keep/ and miles to go before i sleep

| Posted on 2012-03-18 | by a guest


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so this poem is actually about santa clause because when it talks about the darkest evening of the year which is the day before the winter solstice which is december 22/23 so its close to christmas and his reigndeer or \"horse\" reminds him that he has a job to do which is giving presents across the world and he cant sleep till its done.

| Posted on 2012-02-14 | by a guest


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it talks about the reality of life, it vis natural to face many problems as we go along to the journey of our lives, though sometimes we fail,dont quit!instead take it as a challenge, a spices making life more meaningful, as what God had promised he wont give a problem that is out of our control or unmanageable, he gave it for he knew that we can pass through it
by: preacher navos

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest


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This story is all about responsibility. responsibility to go home and not to watch the beautiful wood filled with snow.

| Posted on 2011-12-15 | by a guest


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i think this poem is all about love triangle. this is my own understanding about this poem. for me the woods here represented as the girl and who owned her was in the village. so that the persona here has the oppurtunity to watch the girl.

| Posted on 2011-08-14 | by a guest


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Robert Frost wrote the poem “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening in Franconia, New Hampshire. There is a good chance that the woods near Franconia inspired him to write this poem. It was published in 1923 with a group of poems called New Hampshire and won the Pulitzer Prize. After winning the prize Frost started getting known to be a great American poet.
The poem has four stanzas. In each of the stanzas the first, second and fourth line rhyme but the third does not. However the third sets up the rhyming of the next set.
The poem is really simple. On a snowy evening the speaker is charmed by the beauty of the woods. He wants to see the rest of it but remembers that he has many assignments and duties.
The poet seems to be worried that he will be caught by the owner of the woods. He still manages to steal a glance at beautiful forest.
His horse seems to think it weird that his master has stopped between the woods and the frozen lake in such a dark night. The poet mentioned that it was one of the darkest days of the year so it is December 21 or 22. However it can have a deeper meaning. It could indicate that the author is depressed or disheartened.
Stanza 3 is filled with many sounds such as the ringing bells of the horse, wind and snowflakes falling from the sky and trees.
The last stanza has the most meaning. The speaker wants to spend more time wathching the beauty of the woods but remembers that he has many responsibilities and tasks. The last line is repeated to show that it is really important. It means that he can never rest in peace until everything is done.
The village here is a symbol of society or responsibility. And the woods are anything beyond the village and all that it represents.
The author has a great attraction towards the woods but nearly forgets his responsibilities so he must like the forest a lot more than responsibilities.
It would be that the poet is tempted to sit down and enjoy the beauty of the woods. However it could also mean that he wants to be lulled to sleep. But the pulls of society puts him in a dilemma.

| Posted on 2011-08-11 | by a guest


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The horse gives his harness bells a shake to ask his master whether the poet, his master stands in solitary place in such an inclemenyt weather with snow falling. He shakes his bell to distract the attention of poet ,so that he might go for the farmhouse, their destinaton
Jeet, newtown , cooch behar

| Posted on 2011-05-25 | by a guest


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The horse gives his harness bells a shake to ask his master whether the poet, his master stands in solitary place in such an inclemenyt weather with snow falling. He shakes his bell to distract the attention of poet ,so that he might go for the farmhouse, their destinaton

| Posted on 2011-05-25 | by a guest


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the owner of woods not see the poet stoping in his woods beacuse common people like the owner of the woods surely prefer to enjoy the coasy atmospher of closed rooms than to come out and face the chill of winter
jeet,newtown, cooch-behar

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest


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This poem makes us realise that we are tempted to dis materialistic world and go on... But never realise that we have many promises,duties we have to keep before we die,i.e, before i sleep....
This is an awesome poem.
fatima khan

| Posted on 2011-04-22 | by a guest


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At First I Didn\'t Like This Poem At All!! But After I Started Reading It Again And Again I Started Liking It More !

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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AWESOME POEM....INDEED ITS A LESSON FOR LIFE..I JUST LOVE THE LAST STANZA. -PRIYA

| Posted on 2011-03-21 | by a guest


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Frost was contemplating on the age old question of human suffering, in light of all the beauty and in conflict with the harmony of nature...the contrast is stark and yet mysterious in its elegance...

| Posted on 2011-02-24 | by a guest


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We find ourselves, as Heidegger might suggest, thrown into an existence that\'s nothing less than spectacular: there are the trees, the vaulted blue sky, florescent green grass after it rains- an inexhaustible amount of beautiful things. Indeed, the very idea that one is alive- existing- is marvelous in itself. In short, we\'re surrounded by an incredible, incredible amount of beauty.
All too often, however, we loose ourselves in mundane worldly matters, becoming so obsorbed in sustaining existence that we tend to loose sight of its very beauty, its splendor. Aesthetic passion and attention flees- or at least seems greatly diminished- where social obligations reign. A great majority of times it seems conventional existence is structured to wage war on on the aesthetic heart- \"busy, busy, busy\" ... \"worry, worry, worry\" become its mantra, and we seem hypnotized by it to the point that we literally don\'t take the time out to stop and smell the roses.
On a purely superficial level it seems that Frost would at least have us aware of the conflict between our inherent desire to be one with beauty and the social constrains and obligations that tend to domesticate that desire. It\'s almost as if the poem has for its inner topic the conflict between freedom and necessity.
The poet\'s individual yields to that beauty- out of nowhere and just that moment- and takes in the \"lovely, dark, and deep\" which was laced with snow that was still falling. Necessity then impinged itself upon the moment and called this person\'s attention \"back to reality\" and away from beauty\'s transcendental sway. In the end the individual leaves that snowy encounter.
The point I derive from the poem is that, despite pressing obligations and social demands, we should step outside of our constraints occasionally and take in some of this beauty that surrounds us.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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This poem is about remembering who you are.What is your purpose in this life? Why are you here? Robert Frost knew that on an innate level. Always take note of why certain lines of poems resonate with you. There is a deeper meaning which you may want to meditate on. Miles and miles to go before I sleep is simply shifting the unconscious to the conscious. A transformation if you will.What a glorious wonder when one taps into it. Past lives my friend. Listen, be still, be silent and you will hear the answers. Your spirit guides and angels are waiting to talk to you.

| Posted on 2010-12-10 | by a guest


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this is not about the suicide..Robert frost show\'s here how important are life is..in his poem I realized whatever happened we should not stop..I\'ve learned that \"LIFE MUST GO ON\"

| Posted on 2010-11-21 | by a guest


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This poem is definatly not about suicide .It\'s a wonderful poem with a lot of meaning and the last lines mean nothing about suicide .It just shows that the speaker has got a lot to do,many promises to keep,towards those who are close to his heart ,before he dies .It\'s as simple as that nothing about suicide1!

| Posted on 2010-11-08 | by a guest


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The deeper meaning of the poem goes this way. The poet in his first line says Whose woods these are I think I know ( here the word woods refers to this world as a whole , the poet means that he know that this world belongs to the lord Almighty). His House is in the village though ( meaning the lord almighty resides in his heart) . He will not see me stopping here ( meaning that the author will not be noticed stopping at this point of his life to ponderabout it) To watch his woods fill up with snow . (here the word snow refers to the old age of the poet) My little horse must think it queer to stop without a farmhouse near (meaning his mind herein refered to as horse would feel queer as to why at this point of time the author is standing still and pondering ) Between the woods and the frozen lake ( meaning between life and the death ) the darkest evening of the year ( meaning evening is refered to old age considering morning as childhood , noon as young age ) . He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake (harness bells here refer to his concience , meaning he shakes his concience to find out what mistake he did in his lifetime ) The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. (meaning he gets no proper answer to it)
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.
( meaning this world is lovely , darkand deep meaning this world is filled with lot of uncertainties , and miles to go before i sleep meaning the author has many commitments at this age which he has to fulfil towards his family before he could die peacefully )

| Posted on 2010-10-11 | by a guest


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i think it is more about death.A responsilibility in life must be fulfilled before the final rest which is obvious in the last stanza i believe

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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I love this poem. It touches the reader in a way that seems to evoke each individual\'s personal life stage and experience. I personally feel like this is a man who whistfully stops, alone but for his little companion that demands nothing of him, in a beautiful, and peaceful place. He seems to want to stay in this secret, quiet, beautiful serenity when his little inquisitive horse gently brings him back to reality. Not threat, no anxiety, just the reminder that his promises are his to fulfill and it is time to move on and keep moving. Wonderful!

| Posted on 2010-08-11 | by a guest


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the last line was repeated because frost could not think of anything else to complete the last stanza
-yash sri

| Posted on 2010-06-24 | by a guest


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The repeating of the last line in the poem , “And miles to go before I sleep.” Is the key to understanding this poem for me. It changes the emphasis on what he means. From literally that the subject must not linger because is trip home is a long one and the weather is bad and there are people waiting and he has obligations. The repeating of the lines asks to look deeper and beyond the literal. So I ask what “promises” may go unfulfilled by his meandering? What does “sleep” have to do with the dark woods?
The “promises to keep” suggest to me life’s burdens and obligations. While the stop in the woods on “The darkest evening of the year” ,may suggest that life has been hard and he might be contemplating suicide or an early death. Repeating the word “sleep” transforms and gives it greator meaning and a finality because we all know that our final sleep is death.
The repetition of the last line begs for me to change my interpretation of the entire poem affecting both denotation and symbolism. To go deeper and to reflect on life its burdens and its beauty and to realize that life is difficult

| Posted on 2010-06-18 | by a guest


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this poem may be about a man who wants to appreciate god's beautiful creations but is drwn back his responsibilities.

| Posted on 2010-05-21 | by a guest


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The rider is the "owner of the woods". The conundrum faced is to return to his life, his house and to continue until the miles are passed, or to "rest" in the woods.

| Posted on 2010-05-14 | by a guest


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Suicidal thoughts.
Horse woke him out of his stupor.
Trudged on.
He'll be back in those woods.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest


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in my opinion this poem represents more than just a winter ride in New England's winter, although that is a valid interpretation. to me the woods represent the holy gates, beautiful and deep, but also with the dark shade of judgement looming near. the darkest eve of the year seems to represent the savior Jesus Christ being near his birthday. the village could be heaven itself and, agreeing with the post on march 30th of last year, the church being the house Frost speaks of, representing God both metaphorically and very literally as God's earthly house is the church. to complete the trinity, i believe the horse represents the Holy Spirit, serving as a guide for the man and reminding him of his unfinished responsibilities in life, whether it be a family or something else. the horse (Holy Spirit) is gently telling the man 'not yet', you still have 'miles to go before i sleep' there is more to do before you enter the Kingdom. just my opinion, not decrediting any other analysis'.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest


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the title was quite subordinate to the level of the poem. it gave a too vivid description of the events within the poem, however a ithoroughly enjoyed the rest of the poem because of the variety of themes which it covers. it can be viewed as a poem about the life cycle. of how we must go on no matter what. ot can also be regarded as a nature poem which beautifully portrays the "sound of easy wind and downy flake". or as a poem about reflecting on peace and serenity

| Posted on 2010-03-21 | by a guest


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This is a poem to be marveled at and taken for granted. Like a big stone, like a body of water, like a strong economy, however it was forged it seems that, once made, it has always been there. Frost claimed that he wrote it in a single nighttime sitting; it just came to him. Perhaps one hot, sustained burst is the only way to cast such a complete object, in which form and content, shape and meaning, are alloyed inextricably. One is tempted to read it, nod quietly in recognition of its splendor and multivalent meaning, and just move on. But one must write essays. Or study guides.
Like the woods it describes, the poem is lovely but entices us with dark depths—of interpretation, in this case. It stands alone and beautiful, the account of a man stopping by woods on a snowy evening, but gives us a come-hither look that begs us to load it with a full inventory of possible meanings. We protest, we make apologies, we point to the dangers of reading poetry in this way, but unlike the speaker of the poem, we cannot resist.
The last two lines are the true culprits. They make a strong claim to be the most celebrated instance of repetition in English poetry. The first “And miles to go before I sleep” stays within the boundaries of literalness set forth by the rest of the poem. We may suspect, as we have up to this point, that the poem implies more than it says outright, but we can’t insist on it; the poem has gone by so fast, and seemed so straightforward. Then comes the second “And miles to go before I sleep,” like a soft yet penetrating gong; it can be neither ignored nor forgotten. The sound it makes is “Ahhh.” And we must read the verses again and again and offer trenchant remarks and explain the “Ahhh” in words far inferior to the poem. For the last “miles to go” now seems like life; the last “sleep” now seems like death.
The basic conflict in the poem, resolved in the last stanza, is between an attraction toward the woods and the pull of responsibility outside of the woods. What do woods represent? Something good? Something bad? Woods are sometimes a symbol for wildness, madness, the pre-rational, the looming irrational. But these woods do not seem particularly wild. They are someone’s woods, someone’s in particular—the owner lives in the village. But that owner is in the village on this, the darkest evening of the year—so would any sensible person be. That is where the division seems to lie, between the village (or “society,” “civilization,” “duty,” “sensibility,” “responsibility”) and the woods (that which is beyond the borders of the village and all it represents). If the woods are not particularly wicked, they still possess the seed of the irrational; and they are, at night, dark—with all the varied connotations of darkness. Mohammed AL- Yafrosi

| Posted on 2010-03-14 | by a guest


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this beauitful peom is writte by robert frost.he is saying that he had seen these woods

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest


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This beautiful piece at a first read may seem quite a nice and simple poem but with analysis one will find it has great depth to it. The poem i feel is a methapor for the journey of life. The traveller may be of middle age where he may be looking upon the possibilty of retirement. In the meantime he stops for a moment to appreciate life-like we all do at some point. He expresses the woods being lovely,dark and deep by this we can interpret that perhaps the poet has had a satisfying life with a few rough patches.
Robert frost has used the rhyming pattern of the poem to his advantage. You may notice that the last word of the third line of every stanza sets off the rhyming pattern for the following stanza. This can depict the continuty of life;how something from the past may continue to live on.

| Posted on 2010-02-23 | by a guest


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This poem can be interpreted in so many ways, so nobody is really wrong. Personally, I see it to describe a man with a death wish who chooses not to take that route. It could suymbolize Robert Frost's writing career or civiliation vs. nature. There are so many different interpretations that nobody is truly wrong.

| Posted on 2010-01-27 | by a guest


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This to me is just about Robert Frost admiring the beauty of nature. Then again you people should stop arguing over what is the right answer because in poetry there isn't a right answer just your personal take from it. It could be about this, santa clause, suicide, anything really.

| Posted on 2010-01-19 | by a guest


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this poem is about santa clause, think about it, that's why the horse would think it would be so strange to stop without a house because it is used to stopping at houses to drop off gifts, plus there are other clues as well: the bells on the reins, the darkest evening of the year (december 25th), santa stops to admire the winter view, but he can't stay because he has to keep on going to deliver more gifts to other houses which would be the promises to keep mentioned

| Posted on 2010-01-16 | by a guest


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robert frost is trying to send a message by using aproverb in last para .

| Posted on 2009-12-21 | by a guest


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robert frost is trying to send a message by using aproverb in last para .

| Posted on 2009-12-21 | by a guest


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a poem can be about more then one thing. it can be about suicide, balance, work versus nature and many other things. it all depends on your personal reading of it. and please guys, learn to spell when posting on a famous poem.
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| Posted on 2009-09-24 | by a guest




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