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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Lee Frost Type: Poetry Views: 2978

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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's 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's 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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We don't really know what is in the horses mind; we only see what the man sees in the horse. He sees the horse as he sees himself: a thing bound to a life of drudgery and work. The horse is beneath the man in the same way he sees himself as being beneath the landowner in the village--the landowner that worries the man--the landowner that he sees as an authority over him.
"...but I have promises to keep".
This is the man's harness. The harness seems to be debt, but it probably doesn't matter exactly what it is. He sees that the promises he's made as keeping him from being where he wants to be, and, as with the "miles to go before I sleep", he remembers that there is still a long life of drudgery ahead, and that he will only ever escape when he reaches the end of his life.

| Posted on 2017-02-21 | by a guest

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Between the woods and frozen lake- seems to me a place calling for comfort but also he can see the inability to accomplish what he needs to, if he is frozen dead. Also he is away from society and it might be the demands of society that he would like to take a rest from, at any price.

| Posted on 2013-08-12 | by a guest

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It was Christmas time. Robert took his horse and wagon into town to try to sell some produce in order to buy gifts for his family. None of his produce sold. During the drive home, Robert was overcome with shame and pulled over to have a good cry. His horse became restless and moved, maybe bobbed its head. As a result, the bells on the harness jingled. Robert pulled himself together and continued his drive home. Later, he wrote this poem about that moment.

| Posted on 2012-03-07 | by a guest

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The poem is mainly abot this guy and his life on how he will live longer before he dies and the woods and the frozen lake are his borderlines

| Posted on 2012-01-20 | by a guest

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I think this is a poem about a kid named Alex M with the best smile who gets wrecked at basketball

| Posted on 2012-01-10 | by a guest

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I think it is a contemplation of suicide.
The subject is near woods, unseen, far away from contact (the village). Isolated and beyond anyones intervention. Free and in control of events. It is cold and clearly winter.
He is with a horse. The horse does not understand why they have stopped. The horse never normaly stops without a farmhouse near. Again we are reminded that it is cold and freezing. The darkest evening of the year.
The horse now starts to question its master. What are we doing here? The horse doesnt understand the dark but peaceful contemplation of its master. The horse may represent people who cant understand the suicidal state of mind. It may be now that the \'darkest evening of the year\' may refer to the state of mind that the subject is in.
The woods seem peaceful calm and inviting. The use of the word \'but\' in But I have promises to keep. Suggests a question is being asked. The question the woods ask is come in and find peace in death. \'But\' in this case is the answer that the subject has decided not to die. \'Sleep\' clearly refers to death. The fact that the line is repeated enphasises its meaning. Obligation and responsibility means that the subject cant accept the inviting peace the freezing woods offer. Miles to go means many things to do before I die. The Horse represents people who dont understand the appeal of death.
Maybe ?

| Posted on 2011-06-17 | by a guest

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i think that by saying whose woods i think i know might mjean he thought he knew his way but got lost. when he says gives the harness bells a shake that means there is a carriage attatched to the harness. when he says to ask if theres some mistake, he may have been a villager on a hores with a carraige taking a load of whatever farm products or something he has to deliver. he may have been given wrong ditections and he has a long way to go before he can go home after a long day of work and sleep.

| Posted on 2011-03-02 | by a guest

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Frost\'s reflections of nature are different to other romantic poets. Similar to his poems \"Design\" and \"Desert Places\", Frost seems to be talking about how nature is not perfect as poets like \'Wordsworth\' and \'Coleridge\' seem to say. Frost often portrays nature in an ominous light.
The woods are enticing him. Drawing him in as though under a hypnotic spell.
The idea behind the darkest evening of the year is that, there are more suicide reports on this day than on any other. It seems Frost is critical of nature.
Even the horse recognises the danger. It is social responibility which saves him, \"promises to keep\". In the last two lines. The first appears to be quite literal. The second is saying that it is not yet his time to die(Possibly more social obligation). It could be seen that nature was trying to coax him into a premature death.
It is unlikely that early in the poem Frost is refering to the grim-reaper, when in his poem \'Design\' he seemms to reject the idea of a God at all.

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest

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my take on the poem
lines 1 and 2: Grim reaper is far away
lines 3 and 4: snow isn\'t always beautiful and maybe the man is close to death
lines 5-6: the horse may be a metaphor for his family and it says how they are upset
lines 7-8:when there is trouble you sometimes hear the phrase \"your not out of the woods yet\" also darkest day may not be referring to the solstice. Darness is sometimes a metaphor for fear and the unknown
lines 9-10: family may be in som kind of denial
lines 11-12: Like the calm that also follows after a storm he is recovering
lines 13-14: he is not ready to meet death, he has more to do in life
lines 15-16: His life is not over and he is saying that he has much more to do before he is ready to meet death

| Posted on 2011-02-03 | by a guest

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when reading it i always picture the grim reaper comes to visit him, then mentioning \"i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep\" is his reason to continue on. and also the line \"he gives his harness bells a shake, to ask if there is some mistake\" i picture thats the Angel of Death talking to him (aka the reaper) in a different form \"do i have the right guy?\"

| Posted on 2011-01-24 | by a guest

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The narrator in the poem is unkown. It takes place on the winter soltist (longest day of the year). My interpertation is that the man is working and has stopped to look at the view of the woods. But, he has to keep working inorder for him to sleep. In a way, this is everyones life. We all have a day where we have so much to do, and so many miles more to go, before we can rest.

| Posted on 2011-01-18 | by a guest

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i think that this poem was ment to be in winter... because of the snow. i think that he is going through the woods and stops to watch the scenery. and when he says the darkest evening of the year, i think he ment that it is the solstice. the turning of winter when the day is the shortest of the year. in the last stanza it seems like he wanted to stay but had to get home, or something along those lines, and when he repeated it it seemed like he was more so refering it to life how sometimes you want to stay in the good times but you cant always hold on to somethign that isng there, and you have to keep going with your life.

| Posted on 2010-12-21 | by a guest

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It is very simple. Frost, grieving the loss of his father at this time (the darkest night of the year), finds himself in a dark place. His sorrow is expressed in being between the woods, (classic literature for death), lovely dark and deep (an easy way out of his grief), and the frozen lake (water being life, yet frozen due to his thoughts of not being able to carry on). He is contemplating suicide. His horse sensing this is not reasonable or right shakes his harness bells (awakening Frost) to realize he has promises to keep (commitments to family and friends) and miles to go before I sleep (much to do before he dies).

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

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Robert Lee Frost has lost his grandfather when he wrote this poem. In the first stanza, he says he knows the person to whom these woods belong. He confirms that this person is a man, and there is certainty that this person will not be here to see his woods fill up with snow. These two lines confirm that the person has passed away and Robert is bereaved.
The second stanza contrasts Robert\'s inner sadness with horse\'s lack of awareness of Robert\'s emotional state. Because he feels immense loss from the death of his grandfather, he writes in the second stanza that this is the darkest evening of the year for him.
By giving his harness bells a shake, the horse keeps bringing Robert back to the little details of the reality, while Robert is lost in his deep dark world of emotions.
In the last stanza, Robert describes the snowy evening as lovely , but at the same time, there is a deep, dark sadness. There must be some matters requiring Robert\'s urgent attention and forcing him to leave his place of quiet mourning.

| Posted on 2010-12-07 | by a guest

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Make sure you never assume the speaker of the poem is also the author. Frost may not be referring to himself. I believe that the wish of death can be seen throughout the poem, EVEN IF Frost himself did not intend for it to show such a dark side. It presents the ideology of infinite survival, in the way that the poem presents a certain significance to the subject\'s existence (\"promises to keep\").

| Posted on 2010-12-01 | by a guest

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I think it speaks of inferdelity!!! The man is cheating with his lover who belongs to someone else who he think he knows. this is there last time thought, there last chance. the horse is unfamiliar with the place. I think It is not nature but the woman he describes. Last time because of his responsibility to his wife, children. Can anyone else see it this way????

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

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robert frost is talking about suicide he lost both his wife and daughter withing a close period of time. and honestly i don\'t blame him i don\'t think i would be able to handle it either. and where it says \" i have promices to keep and miles to go before i sleep\" the only child that he had was his son and he had to take care of his son

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest

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I think this poem is the greatest poem ever because it has many meanings and interpretations. The poet left us confusing about what he meant by his words. Everyone try to figure out what exactlly the poet had been thinking about while he was writing this poem. My own perspective is that the poet was contemplating in the strange nature....
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| Posted on 2010-10-17 | by a guest

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The theme of the poem \"stopping by the woods on a snowy evening\" is that most people wouldn\'t want to watch nature they hav more important things to do..
sad dayy:)

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

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He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there\'s some mistake.
The only other sound\'s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake
Can you please explain this stanza.
thank you:)

| Posted on 2010-09-27 | by a guest

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This poem is about finding a balance between the need for us to be connected to our selves and nature, and the need for us to be connected with society in order to function.
He Stops to admire the and marvell at the wonder of nature - \'The woods are lovely dark and deep\'.
But his obligation to society stops him from spending more time there - \'But I have promises to keep.\'
And he is saddend by the realisation that he is part of a system in which he is forced to conform and keep promises; this is shown in the repitition of the line \'And miles to go before I sleep\'.
The childlike language and structure conveys a sense that the protagonist is connected with his inner child.
The horses is both a symbol for the greatness of man and the mistake of man; which reinforces the idea that there needs to be balance. This complexity about the horse motif is expressed in the lines:
-\'My little horse must think it queer to stop without a farm house near.\' This shows the error of man in that the horse, a product of nature it\'s self, is domesticated to the point where it cannot connect with nature.
-\'He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake.\' The clear connection that the horse and the protagonist celebrates the ability of man to be able to connect with nature.
This is why the horse can communicate two opposing things, to reinforce the need to have a balance between being connected with nature and connected with society.

| Posted on 2010-08-16 | by a guest

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The dark woods could represent sin and temptation, and by going into these woods, the speaker would be giving in to misdeed. The horse stands for the speaker's moral compass or conscience, and it shaking its harness bells signifies the hesitation or sense of "straying from the path" that we feel when contemplating whether to indulge in something illicit. Furthermore, the promises could represent moral obligations made to one's God, loved ones, self, etc., with sleep representing death or judgement day

| Posted on 2010-07-14 | by a guest

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this poems tell about the journey of a person
and the snowy evening symbolizes struggles

| Posted on 2010-07-09 | by a guest

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Some people believe Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is about a person stopping to enjoy nature. However, I do not believe this is the case. We are told that it is, "The darkest evening of the year." This might mean that it is the winter solstice or it is literally the darkest night so far this year. In the title of the poem, Frost tells us that it is a snowy evening. We are also told that it is windy and that the snow is deep in the woods. Next, Frost describes a frozen lake. Therefore, I do not believe this person has stopped to enjoy the view of the woods on a windy, snowy, cold, and dark evening. I believe Frost's poem is about a person stopping to answer the call of nature (crap). The person is clearly in a hurry to arrive at his next destination because he has made some unknown promise that must be kept and apparently, the person has not slept in a while. I believe there is no other logical reason for this person to have stopped. My belief is further supported by Frost's description of the person being familiar enough with the area that the person thinks he or she knows who the owner of the woods is. The horse is confused by the sudden stop far from any farmhouse. The person perceives the woods as a place of privacy to take relief because the woods are "lovely, dark and deep". The person is afraid to leave the horse because it might leave on its own. The horse has a harness that leads me to believe that it is pulling a wagon. The person cannot take the horse over to the woods because the wagon might become stuck in the deep snow. In conclusion, I believe that the person is nearing home but is too far away and can no longer wait to crap. The person is hoping, "He will not see me stopping here".
By: Michael Varner

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest

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In reading analytical comments on this poem on a number or websites the majority of people seem to think the poem is about death. I certainly encourage people to relate their own emotions to whatever art they are viewing, but keep in mind that only the author can state with authority the definitive meaning of a work, observers can only offer their interpretations as one possibility. In the case of "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" Frost himself has said more than once that the poem is not about death. Quoting from Robert C. Evans's (Auburn University) Literary Contexts in Poetry "Frost himself admired this poem, once remarking that the work contained "all [he] ever knew," yet he often expressed annoyance with the elaborate interpretations the work provoked (see Greenburg and Hepburn 12). He particularly rejected claims that the poem implied any kind of "death-wish" (Henry 69), and when "a friendly critic asked if the last two lines in 'Stopping by Woods' referred to going to Heaven, and, by implication, death, the poet replied, 'No, all that means is to get the hell out of there'" (see Greenburg and Hepburn 13). According to David Hamilton (relating a story reported by N. Arthur Bleau): "'Stopping by Woods' was [Frost's] favorite poem because it arose from a particularly bleak Christmas and the 'darkest evening of the year' just before it. Having no money, Frost loaded a wagon with farm produce and went to town, but he found no buyers and returned empty-handed, without even small gifts for the children. He felt he had failed his family, and rounding a bend in the road, by woods, and quite near his house, the horse, who seemed to understand his mood, and who had already been given the reins, slowed and stopped, letting Frost have a good cry. 'I just sat there and bawled like a baby,' Bleau reports Frost as having said." (127)"

| Posted on 2010-05-01 | by a guest

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now that i think about it it does make sense that it is about death because he says "the darkest evening of the year" and "the woods are lovely, dark, and deep" the woods comment to me means that he is tempted to go into the woods like you would be tempted to take your life maybe or it could be how some people cant wait to die so in his mind it is portrayed as being something good

| Posted on 2010-04-26 | by a guest

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This is truly one of the greatest poems in American History simply due to the fact that it's never been fully interpreted. Nobody knows exactly what it means, it means something different to every person that reads it. It lulls readers into in depth contemplations of life with its words. Even if your mind leaves the poem itself and begins to wander through other situations in your own life, it's done its job.

| Posted on 2010-04-20 | by a guest

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I believe this is truly a great poem. Because of the way it is written it allow the reader to interpret the poem to have meaning in his own life and to wonder if Frost had the same feelings in his. You can say it is a simple poem, if that's where you are in life, or that is is complex and filled with doubt and thoughts of regret...I think it speaks to us and that, simply, is what makes it great.

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

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its about relegion!!
man on a journey through his mind for the right religion
stops in front a religion(woods)
The religious man that presented this religion to him does not know he is thinking and finding the x him why are u stopping infront a different religion when u already have one??
woods and frozen lake(2 religions)
The darkest evening of the year(day he need to pick the religion)
Other sounds( peace)
Woods are lovely dark and deep( likes new religion)
has promises to keep about his own religion.
has lots of time to pick the right religion( and miles to go before i sleep)
hope this helps!!

| Posted on 2010-04-09 | by a guest

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The personna of the poem stops in the wood when he travels with his horse. And he looks at the frozen lake and woods. It is evening so we feel darkness and it may remind the reader 'suicide'. But he gives up the suicide because he remembers he has many to do before dying. Sleep is a metaphor for dying in the poem.

| Posted on 2010-04-08 | by a guest

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