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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost's deceivingly complex poem broken down and analized.
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Paul Teas

on 24 May 2011

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By: Robert Frost Poetry Analysis
By: Paul Teas and Madison Hill Robert Frost Biography
• Born: 1874 in San Francisco
• He attended Darthmouth College which is in
• He also studied at Harvard, but left without a degree
• He had a wife and sixchildren
• He often used ordinary vocabulary and rhythms in his poems
• He also used free verse
• His poems were very simple yet complex in meaning
• Awarded heavily in his later life:
 Congressional Gold Medal
 Edward MacDowell Medal
 Was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress
• Died on January 29, 1963 Connotation Attitude Shifts The title of the poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", directly references the character stopping to take in the beauty of nature. Basically, Robert Frost, the writer and narrator of this poem, tells how he thinks he knows who's property he is on and that he doesn't think the owner will see him stopping there. Frost then goes on to state how his horse doesn't understand that he is stopping here without shelter. His imagery shows that he is between a frozen lake and woods and that it is the darkest evening of the year. He then describes how the woods are lovely but he must carry on with his journey. The theme of this poem is to stop and take in the little pleasures of life like the beauty of nature THEME TITLE PARAPHRASE TITLE (re-interpreted)
The title explains the theme of the poem. We need to STOP and take in life. When you are constantly going, you need sometime to just stop and enjoy nature. There is a shift at line 13. This is because in lines 1-12 he is stopping and taking everything in, but at line 13 he snaps back into reality and has to go. Another example is line 15 because it is the resolution or what he took away from the stop The attitude is bitter- sweet and peaceful, the way life should be. Frost uses a lot of symbolism to make things seem simple. Frost is deep and very down to earth. There are multiple things that have deeper meanings. Some are:
Imagery- There is a ton of imagery imbedded in this poem. For example "Between the woods and frozen lake" is imagery because you can picture where he is stopping. Another example is "He gives his harness bells a shake" this is imagery because you can visualize exactly what his horse is doing.
Symbolism- There is also a bunch of symbolism. One example is just the whole poem. It is symbolic because it is talking about stopping and taking in life.
Rhyme Scheme- aaba bbcb ccdc dddd
Mood- Frost's mood throughout this poem was key in protraying the message of stopping. He used simple words and phrases to create a calm and peaceful mood. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

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 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. Bibliography
"Robert Frost." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/192>.

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost : The Poetry Foundation [poem]." Poetry Foundation. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621>.

"Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." The Ketzles. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.ketzle.com/frost/snowyeve.htm>.

"On "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"" Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/frost/woods.htm>.
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