Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Poe Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Poe two amazing poets, who created many well written poems, for instance “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, by Robert Frost and “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. These two poems have many differences and similarities between them. A big difference between Frost and Poe is there back ground but this is also a similarity, how they took their real life situations and turned them into poetry. Then, their life situations made their tone in “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Raven” completely different. But in these two poems there is a meaning behind them and the meanings are similar.
From the imagery and the simplistic structure, the reader is tempted to literally interpret the poem; however, one must analyze the rooted significance that is in Robert Frost’s poem. The four quatrains of this poem are the definition of simplicity. It tells of an experience on a late night where Robert Frost comes across some snowy woods late in the evening. The lovely scene before his eyes intrigues the author and tempts him to remain in the woods. However, the author is still aware of the large ground that is to be covered before he can relax for the remainder of the evening.
In other words, symbolic words make us to interpret a work in so different ways as far as the work permits and supports the interpretation. In regard to this point, different interpretations on the poem ”Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” are inevitable. Because this is a symbolic poem, full of symbolic words such as woods, horse, dark, snow…etc. As far as I researched, it seems that all the interpretations are through three common perspectives, those I explain about one by one, from more dominant to less. Perspective 1: Life/Beauty In brief, in this perspective we see the speake... ... middle of paper ... ... fellows who go ahead and say all sorts of things.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening This poem is layered with different meanings and it requires the reader to contemplate Frost's emotions behind the words. Like most of Frost's poems, "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" can be read on several level yet you can ignore them all and still enjoy the surface meaning. On the surface of this poem, it's talking about a man traveling through the woods with his horse and they stop near someone's house. The horse wants the man to continue but he wants to stay. Being in the woods causes the man to reflect on the larger tensions between duty; his "promises to keep"(13) and the desire to do what he wants.
Analysis of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening is a poem that works on so many levels. This poem uses all sorts of literary tools to convey deeper meanings. Such tools as allegory and imagery are used in such simple manner as to not confuse the reader but also get the deeper meaning across. For these reasons, and more, I think that Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening is a timeless classic and my favorite poem. One thing that Robert Frost does in all of his poems is he writes them in such a way as to not be very hard on the reader.
He is also able to make two poems that seem very similar completely different. These are all factors in both poems that make these two poems with a similar theme accomplish parallel purposes in emphasizing the theme of the unreliable narrator in Poe’s works. The unnamed narrators in both Annabel Lee and The Raven, though remarkably similar, have very subtle differences in several ways. There seems to be a sense of sadness and suspense that haunts the narrator in The Raven. The sense of melancholy and apprehension permeates the poem several times.
(Birch) Without Poe suffering from mood swings he would not have created beautiful and touching poems. For example, The Raven, “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”(Poe 887) This poem shows how Edgar Allan Poe used his melancholy to create the
Frost aims for the relaxed country feel that he emulates so well, whereas Poe evokes a response of fear with an eerie feel to the majority of his poems. Frost also evokes some psychological thriller aspects in some of poems, but for the majority he focuses on quaint country atmospheres, which he knows very well. Poe definitely emulates the thrilling, psychological, fear within the human heart within most of his poetry and can evoke a rapid heartbeat that would be envious to most modern-day horror film directors. Frost’s wife served as a large inspiration for many of his poems along with the countryside where he grew up. Poe, on the other hand, found inspiration within the depravity of the human heart and focused on themes such as premature burial or simply death.
I have always found diverging into a Robert Frost poem intriguing. One cannot artlessly draw to a single conclusion that could summarize or give a poem a specific meaning. We can commonly find multiple meanings expressed throughout a piece of his work. In, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, you can feel the emotion of his words throughout the poem. To me, in this poem, I could feel the expression of his sense of appreciation and compassion towards nature.
The third line does, however, rhyme with the first, second, and fourth lines of the following stanza. This gives the poem an overarching sense of consistency and helps it flow nicely from stanza to stanza, as opposed to some of his other, more staccato works, like “Departmental.” To conclude, Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” has given readers an incredible look into the journey and flow of life and death through the use of heavy metaphors, emphatic repetition, and a flowing rhyme scheme. Frost teaches us that stagnancy means not growing, that being stuck in one place, however enjoyable, isn’t conducive to self-improvement or productivity. This is the ultimate lesson in moving