Human and Nature Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods in a Snowy Evening,” explicates the journey of a man in the woods. The man is admiring the natural scene; although, he knows his personal goals have been neglected. He admires the cold evening and wants to stay in woods. However, he realizes that he has to go to fulfil his desires. So, he neglects his wish of watching the beautiful scene of a snowy evening.
Summary: On the surface, this poem is simple. The speaker is stopping by some woods on a snowy evening. He/she is taken in the lovely scene, is tempted to stay longer, but admits that there is a long distance to travel before he or she can rest for the night. Interpretation: First of all it should be mentioned that wherever there are symbolic words in a literary work, there would be numerous different interpretations. 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.
The poems 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost and 'The Chalk Pit' by Edward Thomas both convey a sense of place in their meaning. 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' is about how the narrator stops outside the snow-filled woods to admire the scenery along with his horse. The narrator does not stay for long as he has 'promises to keep'. 'The Chalk Pit' involves the conversation of two people about a chalk pit nearby. Speaker A adds a lot of imagination to the conversation while Speaker B is more plainspoken and mundane.
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. However, in order to fully understand the emotions and the deeper meanings within this poem, we'll analyze these three aspects of the poem: images, rhythms and meanings. This entire poem uses words that paint very vivid images of gorgeous winter, lovely dark woods and peacefulness, which inside causes a certain friction or tension. Also there is a sense of darkness in the poem, such as in the "darkest evening of the year"(8) and "The woods are lovely, dark and deep"(16). And the fact that the poem takes place in the isolated woods, there is a certain quality of peacefulness and stillness being portrayed as in the "frozen lake"(12) and "The only other sound's the sweep/Of easy wind and downy flake"(11-12).
To me, in this poem, I could feel the expression of his sense of appreciation and compassion towards nature. While reading through this poem, the imagination drastically becomes vivid to me. In his words, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”: “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” (p. 586, II. 5-8), I depict a man or
The director gives the story in stages, telling all is needed and leaving little for the imagination, giving people today nothing what-so-ever of a mental push that is frequently given by every line of poetry. I will compare two writings of poetry, “Stopping By the Woods On a Snowy Evening” and “Desert Places”, which give you that mental push by uses of imagery and sound. The first stanza of “Stopping By the Woods On a Snowy Evening” sets you in snow filled woods outside of a village. It has a calm yet sneaky feeling almost giving a sense of suspense. The poem tends to lean towards a light, soft, whisper evoking tone.
While creating a deeper meaning Frost also provides a perspective that gives off a remote and solitude feeling. The poem highlights the evening of a man who pauses to take a look at the beautiful scenery lying ahead of his long journey. “The simple words and rhyme scheme of the poem gives it an easy flow, which adds to the calmness of the poem” (Analysis 1). Deconstructing Robert Frost’s, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, creates a meaning that one may overlook at a first glance due to the simplicity of the poem. 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 circumstances surrounding the composition of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" explain his use of "The darkest evening of the year" (L.8) which is closely related it to the greater theme of perseverance in the face of hardship. Frost wrote this poem, in November(Frost Chronology) 1923; on the same late night he finished his book New Hampshire (Jackson sec. 1). Being "a little excited from getting over-tired"(qtd. in Jackson sec.
Robert Frost's "Desert Places" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Robert Frost takes our imaginations to a journey through wintertime with his two poems "Desert Places" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Frost comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful scenery that is present in that part of the country. Even though these poems both have winter settings they contain very different tones. One has a feeling of depressing loneliness and the other a feeling of welcome solitude. They show how the same setting can have totally different impacts on a person depending on their mindset at the time.