Analysis Of Stopping By Woods On Snowy Evening

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In the poem “Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, which is recorded in How to Read a Poem on page 128, the speaker presents as a traveler walking down to the woods and appreciate the beauty scenery of the snow. He attempts to stay longer because he is obsessed by the scene, but he has to take the responsibilities to finish his goal first in order to take a rest. The theme of this poem is mainly about nature on surface, but in deep, the speaker applies figurative language of symbolization to express the conflict between the inner desires of enjoying the beautiful night and the promises that he has to keep, so that to highlight the beauty of the woods and the night. In the first stanza, the poet applies first narrator to …show more content…
The horse appears at the time it feeling uncomfortable and weird witness the poet stops by and stays with the woods. But then after the time the poet starts to express his feeling, the author describes the little horse by writing “He gives his harness bells a shake/ To ask if there is some mistake” (9-10). The horse happens to act as a major bystander role which appear to question why does the poet spend time to stay in the woods filled with snow, and stare at a long time. The poet states, “My little horse must think it queer”, “To stop without a farmhouse near”, from here, the poet uses the rhetorical device of personification to depict the opposite thought of the horse, which is that it willing to continue to go forward without stopping to viewing the beautiful scenery. The way that the author describes the horse gives the horse more humanity, and it makes the horse to not only be just a horse anymore, but also a symbol of human. After that, the poet writes “The only other sound’s the sweep/ Of easy wind and downy flake” (11-12). The sounds of wind and flake both give the audiences a feeling of quiet and peaceful. The environment is quiet and the speaker is lonely because there is nobody he can share with the beauty of the night. However, the author doesn’t exude any negative feeling by being alone. He is kind of proud of it because there is nobody can understand or notice the …show more content…
Even though the scenery is so attractive and beautiful that makes the poet to stays longer, but he has promises to keep which is a pity. The poet sign “The woods are lovely, dark and deep” (15), it shows that the poet is reluctant to leave this place. “I have promises to keep” (14), though nobody know what “promises” the speaker is going to keep because the poet does not specifically explain it through the poem, it reveals the fact that the speaker has to take the responsibilities to take the duties seriously. In the third line of the last stanza, it replies itself in the fourth line indicate the importance theme of the poem; the poet states “And miles to go before I sleep/ And miles to go before I sleep”, the repetition of the last two sentences shows that the poet is tired of constantly going forward without stopping, and resting. Thus it can be seen that the obligation, the “promise” the poet keep is mandatory. This stanza shows the inner struggle of leaving these woods. The more the speaker tries to stay, the more beautiful the night

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