Commentary This is a poem to be marveled at and taken for granted. The horse is the one who is in a hurry, who needs a place of business—a farmhouse—in order to make sense of their brief stop. After a few minutes, the horse shook the bells on its harness, and Frost was cheered enough to continue home. I listened to the waves breaking evenly on the rocks. Whose woods these are I think I know. In an end that never ends, the very problem with this poem is its perfection, its quality of demanding more and more discussion about something for which discussion seems pointless.
But he stubborn narrator seems to adore the immediate present as opposed to imminent danger. The horse sounds the bells of caution—bells of alarm. Obviously, the scene in the wood is important to this person, who is practically hypnotized by the falling snow. However, they still believe in God. He decides to use this opportunity to bond with nature, this shows that the speaker is indeed a nature lover and he cannot help himself but to admire what is seeing. The imagery also shows that the man is questioning whether he should continue his journey or not since he is wary and wants to retire from his life.
This indicates that he is enjoying the scene and wants to do so for long. In the end, what Frost produces is a poem that seems to hover in the zone of perfection, a poem that explains nearly everything and nothing at the very same time. After writing that poem the poem came to Frost all at once, and he wrote it that way. Occasionally, a line will vary from the established pattern, which often emphasizes the importance of that line. Kemp, in his book, Robert Frost and : The Poet as Regionalist, also believes the poem is successful in part because of its structure. But he has other responsibilities in life. The horse is his conscience or reason.
Sometimes, it is difficult for students to connect with in poetry until they put them into a real-world context. Or is it the silence itself that is a noise? The poet is torn between two choices yet again, to head home or sink in the scenic view. The fourth stanza, however, rhymes every line with d. This analysis shows that this poem, though, seems a simple and innocent composition, points to the reality of making decisions in complex situations in order to fulfill our responsibilities. He wants to stay in the woods, but he knows he has obligations to keep.
First, the driver contemplates the purity of life without sin snow , but decides one must move on—spurred on by the bestial horse—before living as sinless a life as if one were sleeping or dead. He wondered at the beauty of natural scenes and tried to decode some meanings from them. Form The poem consists of four almost identically constructed stanzas. The persona and the author are clearly separated from each other into two different entities. In that evening any other sound that the poet can hear is only that of the wind and the falling snow flakes.
Later, eight more volumes of his poetry were brought out in America: Mountain interval 1916 , New Hmpshire 1923 , West Running Brook 1928 , A Further Range 1936 , A Witness Tree 1942 , Come in ad other Poems 1943 , A Masque of Reason 1945 and A Masque of Mercy 1947. He feels compelled to move further into the snowy woods, but he ultimately decides to continue, concluding with perhaps the most famous lines of the poem: 'But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. While these woods belong to someone, that person is not present and so will not protest if the speaker trespasses. He first wonders who owns these woods. The darkest connotation of the poem could be interpreted as a death wish. The narrator is not ready for this total dissolution, his obligations call him back. Man sets up boundaries, taboos, borders not meant to be crossed—and when we journey beyond this we enter the great unknown.
The puzzled horse does not get any response from his master. This isn't what they normally do. Still Frost should be expected of some good-natured trickery here: the poem seems deliberately fashioned to lure its readers into either a simplistic underreading or an anxious overreading. However in the end of the poem he chooses to continue on his journey and fulfil his promises and he ignores the temptations of death. It also tells us about the ambient sound due to the wind blowing loudly and the snow fall as they both are taking place simultaneously. So the slightly off pacing of the rhymes can be argued to convey this image. It would be a poor Christmas, but Christmas is a time of love.
Robert Frost won Pulitzer Prize and vast recognition as an important American Writer for this collection. Source: Jhan Hochman, in an essay for Poetry for Students, Gale, 1997. There is a gentle, slightly mysterious atmosphere created by the second, third and fourth lines, all suggesting that the owner of the woods lives elsewhere, is separate and won't see this visual 'trespasser' near the woods. Again the tetrameter reassures and lulls the reader into a false sense of security - the language is simple yet the meaning can be taken two ways. Concluding the analysis, it can be stated that Frost has beautifully used various literary devices to make his poem a great piece of literature. A complete list of these oppositions would be unusually long for such a short poem: man and nature, masculine and feminine, emptiness and fullness, business and pleasure, movement and stopping, society and solitude, life and death, activity and sleep, and so on.
Source: Steven Monte, in an essay for Poetry for Students, Gale, 1997. In the following essay, Hochman maintains that the apparent simplicity of this popular, well-known poem invites overanalysis of its meaning. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. Here there is something very soothing and cloying about the wind—that makes it attractive. A bell can literally be speech.
Whose woods these are I think I know. The first three stanzas have rhymes in the first, second, and fourth lines. In fact, that might be precisely why the solstice is referred to as opposed to Christmas. After graduation, Frost briefly attended , taught at grammar schools, worked at a mill, and served as a newspaper reporter. There is still remarkable clarity in these lines which paint a very clear picture of a beautiful cold evening. We were side by side leaning on the lectern as he leafed the pages of the book. Does this poem express a death wish, considered and then discarded? With liquor outlawed by Prohibition from 1919 to 1933, there were great profits to be made in illegally providing liquor, and the criminals who did this could only protect their profits from each other by violent means.