Robert Frost’s poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

NEERAJ BHATT By NEERAJ BHATT, 21st Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/185btfdd/
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Robert Frost ,an American poet -was much read and admired for his description of the rural life of New England.His selection of rural subjects has made his work easy to understand.

Robert Frost’s poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”(1923) is an excellent poem by Robert Frost. It was included in “New Hampshire”-a collection of Frost’s poems –for which he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
“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.”

The poem begins with a determiner-“whose woods these are I think I know.”In the opening stanza Frost describes winter evening near an area of trees. He is allured by the beauty of the woods and owner is not there to stop him from viewing the beautiful scene of nature. “To watch woods fill up with snow “shows Frost’s compulsion –to fall in love with nature. Line 2,3, and line 4 are all alliterative verse.
“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.”

In the second stanza, after rejoicing the beauty of nature, the poet puts a break on beauty. His “little horse “makes him feel aware of his duty. it is a fine use of figure of speech. Horse is compared to a human being. Horse is not capable of thinking. Only a man can think or decide whether something is queer. In this stanza imagination stops and reason starts working. The beauty of the scene is over. The use of “frozen lake “and “the darkest evening of the year” suggest extreme cold winter evening.
“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 third stanza of the poem suggests a certain sort of sound amidst silence and solitariness:”He gives his harness bells a shake “The poet’s inner self is re-thinking. That is why he says:

“To ask if there is some mistake.”There is now nothing except “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.”

This poem has fine progression –from fancy to fact, and to reality. Beauty has, here, its root in duty. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, loved these four lines much.
The beauty and attraction of the woods on a snowy evening creates an obstacle in fulfilling our duties .We have our children waiting for us. There are social obligations too. And this is the reason Robert Frost repeats:
“And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.”



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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

I appreciate your discussion of Robert Frost's poem. Thank you for giving me more insight into his words.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you,Evy

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Ditto Ivyevelyn's comment. Very nice share of Frost's poem. Thank you.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz for your eyes on my article.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
27th Nov 2011 (#)

I love this poem the most, keeps ringing in the heart

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
27th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you ,deepa for your kind comment.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Sir Neerat Bhatt,
for this wonderful write
on my favorite poet, Frost.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
30th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you ,Rathnashikamani,for reading Frost.I WONDER WHY SOME OBSCENE SCENES HAVE BEEN POSTED.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Sir Neeraj Bhatt,
for this wonderful write
on my favorite poet, Frost.

Sorry for the typo.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Nov 2011 (#)

Now, there's no such obscene posting on this page. It might have been some ad that changes often.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
30th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you,Rathnashikamani.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Hi Neeraj, You make poetry and literature come alive. Great post

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you sir,for your great look.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Loved this so much, thanks!! :-) It brightened my day!

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Dec 2011 (#)

I love reading your interpretation of these poems and sharing them with us Neeraj..

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