Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Poem

            "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening".


             Whose woods these are I think I know.



             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.

             The rhyme scheme is: aaba bbcb ccdc dddd.

             Since there are 4 iambs per line, this is a tetrameter. .

             This poem is an "iambic tetrameter." .

             Thesis: Robert Frost uses metaphors with euphonic sounds to express his desire for adventure in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”.

             Many people consider Robert Frost to be one of America's greatest poets, myself included. I believe one of his best poems to be "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” In this poem, Frost describes a person stopping just outside of town in a wooded area with his horse. He stops for a moment to appreciate the wonder of the world that he has spent so much time in, something that he may not have done much in his younger years or lately. This horse could be a metaphor for the pressures of the rest of the society. The horse nudges the speaker on as if to ask if there is some mistake, just as society might nudge someone into movement and not understand the necessity of "stopping to smell the roses.” The last three lines of the poem could be the realization that, although the speaker might like to stay in the woods much longer, there are responsibilities that must be attended to or adventures desired before the final rest, or death, takes him. .

             The poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is, therefore, an allegory of life showing the need to enjoy life, the pressures that often keep us from this enjoyment, and the unfortunate fact, that most people do not realize what is gone before it is too late.

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