Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening By Robert Frost Analysis

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Robert Frost, famous for his poems about nature, was a New England poet and farmer. Frost was born in 1879, in the state of California. At the age of eleven, Frost’s father died and subsequently the family moved to New England. Although Frost was born in California, he identified with the working farmers of New England. Frost bought his first farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Living and owning his own farm gave Frost firsthand experience with agriculture and living with nature. From harvesting the crops to staying warm in the winter, Frost knew the hardships of being a farmer in New England. Frost often wrote about nature and work, the labor required to run a farm. He believed the two to coincide, as it takes physical labor and hard-work to be…show more content…
However, contrary to man’s appreciation, nature is indifferent towards man. The poem is a metaphor for humanity’s uniqueness, since only humans can stop and reflect, yet also hold higher cognitive functions than animals. Humans have a sense of duty, have responsibilities, and can admire the beauty of nature. In the poem, the speaker traverses through a stranger’s woods amid snowfall before he stops to admire nature until he must continue on his journey. While the speaker stops to watch the woods “fill up with snow,” he thinks his horse “must think it queer” (Frost 245). A poet, like Frost, must once in a while stop and reflect before writing. The horse finds it odd to stop and reflect on the beauty of nature because this is only a human behavior. According to Cleanth Brooks, an American critic whose work helped establish the New Criticism movement, in Frost and Nature, describes the speaker’s decision to stop and observe nature as solely a human trait, as only humans “can find a place for aesthetic appreciation.” There is no rational reason to stop and appreciate one’s surroundings because only humans happen to do “detached contemplation” (Brooks). A poet must use “detached contemplation” in order to be a successful poet, as it takes time to write (Brooks). Although the speaker finds the woods “lovely,” he has…show more content…
Alike the speaker in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” who has a “promises to keep” (Frost 245), the speaker for “After Apple-Picking” is obligated to finish “the great harvest” (Frost 240). Moreover, the metaphors of both poems share similarities. While the metaphor for “Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening” is humans are unique for their ability to stop and reflect on the beauty of nature, in “After Apple-Picking” the speaker reflects upon his life and calculates all the missed opportunities, the “two or three / apples I didn’t pick,” and the desire for a release from his work, life, to achieve a “long sleep” (Frost 240). Both metaphors are an example of the human experience as only humans can stop to observe nature, while working for a harvest is a very human

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