Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Being a controversial figure in his era of society, Robert Frost was often criticized by critics of his views of society. Frost was deeply influenced in writing poetry through his frustrations and hard times during his childhood years. The thought of losing his fiancee, Eleanor White, profoundly moved him and he was considering suicide. In Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Frost contemplates death through strong diction and deep metaphors, knowing what it feels like in his own first-hand experience.
First off, Frost uses metaphorical diction throughout the entire poem. Words and phrases such as "frozen lake”, "darkest”, and "lovely, dark, and deep” becomes utilized beyond the literal meaning. Frost employs the strong symbolic diction to illustrate the meaning of death in the woods. Also, "The darkest evening of the year” alludes to death referring the dark evening to judgment day. Frost employs imagery all the way through the poem like "woods full up with snow” and "wind and downy flake” to paint the picture of death by showing the man wanting to lie down and die as the horse has a surge to go home. The rhyme scheme gives the poem a tranquil and calm atmosphere making the poem have good flow, rhythm, and pattern that enhances the poem. The personification such as "My little horse must think it queer” gives the horse human-like thoughts which Frost uses to make the poem unique in its own way. Frost utilizes a great deal of symbolism and symbolic diction to make the reader open the mind and think the way Frost thinks. In the first stanza, the house in the village represents the church in which God watches over the man. Also, nature represents the peace and loneliness to get away from the corruption of society. The entire first stanza Frost states that God owns the woods, which defines transcendentalism. Frost employs sensory language not only...
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