Summary Of Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

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Robert Frost 's poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" represents the individual 's caught between nature and civilization. The speaker is lured by the beauty of the falling snow in the woods but he has obligations to fulfill so he continues back to the village. The poet created a creative yet complex rhythm that connected the stanzas together well. The poet also encompassed symbols that ensued various interpretations despite his unknown initial intent for those interpretations.
Robert Frost put much thought into the rhythm in order to create a clean flow of the stanzas. The short poem only consists of a total of 16 lines but he used the Rubaiyat Stanza to build the complexity. The Rubaiyat Stanza has a rhyme scheme of AABA. In this
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The speaker paused one snowy evening to admire the woods but is interrupted by the thought that his "little horse must think it queer / To stop without a farmhouse near". The horse also gave "his harness bells a shake / To ask if there is some mistake." The horse is confused by speaker 's behavior and reminds him that he cannot spend time admiring the woods because of his duties. When the thought of the horse 's confusion first appears, the speaker begins to think about his duties and "promises to keep". This causes the speaker to stop admiring the woods although it is "lovely". The impatience that Frost gives the horse represents the unconscious thoughts that occur in our own minds. According to Sigmund Freud, there are 3 parts of our mind that balance out our actions. It is possible that Frost is attempting to show that with the horse as he is leading the way and reminds the rider that they must continue rather than gaze at the falling snow. Although the speaker would like to enjoy the beauty in nature and escape from society, he must return due to his obligations that he cannot …show more content…
We are unaware of the true meanings of this poem which creates several interpretations to come up. One interpretation is that the speaker is contemplating suicide. Pausing in the woods can be seen as an attempt to escape from his "promises to keep" for good. This idea is mostly driven by the repetition of the last line, "And miles to go before I sleep" because the word "sleep" can be closely associated with death. The "lovely, dark, and deep" woods represents the allure of suicide which the speaker resists and continues his journey. Someone that is contemplating suicide is unsure and hesitant about ending their lives. They want to escape responsibilities and the duties of life because it seems so beautiful to die, like the woods. The horse represents the balancing of our unconscious thoughts which changed the speakers mind about metaphorically staying in the woods, or literally committing

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