Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

953 words - 4 pages

English 112
Feb 11, 2013

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening".

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a poem written in 1922 by Robert Frost and published in 1923 The poet is masterfully painting photographic picture of the frosted woods in the country area, where frozen lakes and deep powerful forest and the traveler who is on his way home. The unknown rider pauses for a second to observe a frozen beauty of the falling snow and winter woods in the darkening evening. However, despite the attraction of the scene there is imminent danger to stay longer in the frozen woods, and even his "little horse" is resisting his attempt and eager to continue forward ...view middle of the document...

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep", sounds like attractive but dangerous. The speaker knows that freezing to death people feel warm before they die and he must resist the temptation. Behind the beauty of the snow there is a death waiting, and his horse feels it to:
He (horse) gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there some mistake... to stop here... So, he must continue his journey.
The Theme of the poem is an classy. It is a traditional journey home. The idea is slightly similar to the short story "To build the Fire", by the Jack London. About the Man who has to go somewhere through the frozen woods, but with the very different ending. Nobody dies here. In the "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" the Rider familiar with terrain and the landscape, he knows where he is going, however he is not in the rush. Apparently he is value his time, however makes a brief stop to "smell the roses", or, in this scenario, to observe a dangerously attractive snowing forest. But the danger still present and the rider feels it. Similarly to the husky dog in the Jack London's story the speaker have accomplice. His horse is an important character as well in this poem. It has own personal thinking that resonates with a speaker instinct, however, without sense of esthetic beauty. Horse simply wants to go home, and brings a meditating speaker back to reality by shaking its harness. The horse reminds about possible deadly consequences of the stop and final destination of the journey: a nice an warm house with a fireplace and hot dinner, and somebody who is waiting for the rider. The reason and the sense of duty and unfulfilled obligations sparks in the rider's mind and makes him to continue...

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