Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep
The basic image of this poem is a snowy scene that the speaker views and a series of implicit questions that the scene and his own action as he moves at night. The poem opens with the first question:who owns the woods?The speaker seems uncertain about the owner, for he uses the linguistics hedge "I think" to moderate his statement "I know whose woods these are." The fronting of "whose woods" gives strenghth to the line.
The speaker begins the second stanza by mentioning that his horse is unaccustomed to stopping without a reason. Accordingly, another implicit question is raised:"why does he stop? or what attracts him?"The hedge "must" in the first line indicates that the horse can't really consider the man's reason for stopping. It was not the horse but the man that was feeling "queer."
The third stanza...
The fourth stanza summaries the implication os the details in the preceding stanzas....
This poem is well unified and coherent....
The images in the poem can be divided into two kinds:....
Poems can have multiple themes and this poems is no exception. The theme here may be the nenecisity to face the responsibilities inherent in adult, or the seductiveness of death as an attractive way of escaping the pressures of circumstances and the weight of responsibility. It may also teach that duty and responsibility take precedence over beauty and pleasure.