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The Woods


The Woods


Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is one of the most esteem works of modern poetry. The thinking mood of this poem is accompanied by imagery that creates a mental picture of being in the woods on a snowy evening. The poem has an easy flow because of simple words and rhyme, and this makes the poem even more astounding. The poem follows each line in order to give the reader a sense of being in the woods on a winter evening.

The first two lines give the setting of the poem. The poem mentions the woods and gives the whereabouts of the travelers’ home “his house is in the village though”. The speaker in the poem is taking a slow pace because he is simply watching the falling snow. The words of the first part of this poem is dull, but the words are put together in a way to create the thinking mood. The second stanza in the poem backs up the first with a definite time and location. In lines five and six it is understood that the speaker is far away from anywhere familiar. He is so far that the horse is doubtful about where they are. In line seven “Between the woods and frozen lake” gives the scene and it seems to be quiet and lonely out there. The next line gives the idea that it is night and very dark, “The darkest evening of the year”. That line can be looked at from two different perspectives; it can be the most lightless night, or real dark emotions. It can also be a combination of the two; it is a dark winter night and the speaker is depressed also. The last part of the poem, lines nine through twelve brings the strangeness of the poem. The only sole with the speaker is his horse. The horse was already puzzled by the stop and the horse wants to know the reason for the stop. “He gives his harness bells a shake” to see what was going on, and this conflicts with the quietness of the scene. At first all that could be heard was the wind and the snow. The speaker is so still that he can hear the “downy flake” and the “easy wind”. These elements show that the speaker was calm and very patience while the horse was not. The ending of the poem brings the poem together, a love for nature, and patience for some task that has to be completed before the speaker rest. The “dark and deep” woods describe the character emotions; they are very dark and deep. “And miles to go before I sleep” is the problem that the speaker faces and could be the cause of his dark mood. What he has to do is unidentified but does not demand him to rush to complete it. Whatever the speaker has to do is important enough to demand his attention.



In conclusion, the poem is a quiet thoughtful night that the speaker has chosen to come and rest his nerves. It is clear that something is on the speakers’ mind, and he has to do something before he rest. In my opinion, that is what the speaker is so shook up about. Whatever he is on his way to do must be real important. The speaker used the woods as a place to meditate because of its’ quiet atmosphere. There can be a number of reasons for the speakers stop in the woods. The one thing that I can attest to is that the horse has never been here because the horse is dumfounded on its’ location.




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