Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

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A Wide Audience Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” details the short account of the narrator stopping in a wood to rest and to watch the snow fall, before quickly moving on. Frost, being the masterful poet that he is, is able to communicate strong messages to a wide audience with the use of the poetic techniques that he utilizes in this poem. Robert Frost’s ability to construct a poem that is able to be interpreted in many ways, as well as his use of simple language make “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” an extremely relatable work, the context of which, most people can understand and identify with. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” can act as a kind of poetic blank canvas. It lends itself well to various …show more content…
There are many poems out there that are very deep, well written, and loved among critics, but that are simply out of reach for the average person to completely understand and enjoy. Robert Frost, however, is able to write poems with great depth, while also being completely understandable to the layperson. As Deirdre Fagan put it, “His simple language…and natural speech patterns ma[k]e his poetry accessible.” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is one such accessible poem. For instance, it is devoid of long, overly complex or archaic words that might be difficult for the average person to understand (the longest word in this poem, for example, is “farmhouse” (2, 6)). Many poems with complex wordage and style can turn the average reader off. The reader will spend more time trying to decipher what is actually said in the poem, rather than what is meant by it. While poems complex in their diction are able to be understood, dissected, and enjoyed by many literature lovers, they can prove to be inaccessible to a much wider audience. Robert Frost’s ability to create complex meanings with the use of easy-to-understand language in this poem allow for a wider audience to be reached and moved by

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