Yet the intensity of the winter cold has rendered the lake frozen. Frost, Robert, Literature Approaches to fiction, poetry and drama, New York, McGraw Hill, 2008. Finally no clue is supplied as to where this scene takes place. Thompson, Lawrance, Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph 1915-1938, Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Have you ever wanted to escape from the world for a little while? The poet has used the images for the sense of sights such as woods, house, lake, and These images help readers see the woods a source of solace and comfort to a lonely traveler.
The narrator notes that the only other sound is the wind and snow. The narrator voices his concern about losing his way through the woods since it gets immensely dark at night-time, he decides to better get a move on. GradeSaver, 12 May 2009 Web. The reader is also able to learn that this poem has two main themes; choices and isolation. The poet affirms only three sounds in thick woods; wind, snow and bell ringing.
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. Form The poem consists of four almost identically constructed stanzas. The observations made exhibit how the speaker views life and death. There were three other questioners, and their inquiries were answered before he acknowledged me. For workers who made their livings in factories, this meant selling their time to their employers during working hours.
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. With the multiplication of interpretations, the poem turns into a runny and complicated mush. The traveler wants to take a moment to pause in the quiet woods to watch the snow falling. I'll ask the students how this repeated sounds and rhymes effect the poem. This extra cash has changed my life in so many ways, thank you! Here then, is a poem that functions as a perfect vehicle upon which to heap meaning, since, one is likely to think, the mere situation of stopping and looking at woods surely cannot be all there is to the poem. It was sensing his despair.
In this passage, Kemp is suggesting that Frost is able to use language skillfully, that he is able to draw several levels of meaning from each word and line, and that he is able to do so attractively. When the horse gives it's harness bells a shake 9 , it is trying to gain the speaker's attention. He stops, and then contemplates how strange his halt must seem to the horse, given that it is cold and dark and there is no farmhouse in sight. The farm house represents a point in life, something the speaker is not trying to reach. Even supposing he does continue on his journey, it is not clear that the road ahead represents a more appealing alternative to the woods. The promises could be myriad, ranging from domestic errands to dealing with marital affairs.
Still Frost should be expected of some good-natured trickery here: the poem seems deliberately fashioned to lure its readers into either a simplistic underreading or an anxious overreading. After a few more moments, the narrator reluctantly continues on his way. At first he worries that the owner of the property will be upset by his presence, but then he remembers that the owner lives in town, and he is free to enjoy the beauty of the falling snow. The speaker believes that the horse is trying to make the man realize how bad an idea suicide would be, as that would cause him to go to Hel 10. Such metrical patterns generally make poetry sound more musical.
Even though he wants to stay and take in more of what he is seeing, he keeps his other duties in mind and how much distance there is left for him to fulfill them and mentions there is a choice he has to make which is considered most suitable. The tone of the lines, however, may also indicate that the speaker is resigned to life but not necessarily enthusiastic about it. Ultimately, however, the speaker decides to press on because he has responsibilities, perhaps a family who depends on him, so he finds the strength to continue home and continue on his life journey. According to Robert Frost, the poem was composed in just one night. Therefore, the repetitions of the last two lines of the poem with same words are also an example of the refrain. Or it could be that he feels guilty for indulging in a fantasy, for he is attracted to something he feels he should resist.
This is a common experience many students will recognize, as they also have obligations that keep them from doing the things they really want to do. It is a dark and quiet winter night, and the speaker stops his horse in order to gaze into the woods. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. Therefore, he puts his wishes and starts his journey again. The reader starts to feel the cool, brisk breeze and hear the silence of the nothingness. Once, while traveling, a person Frost came to a fork in the road and could not decide which path to take. Ogilvie, in his article in the South Atlantic Quarterly, suggests that the poem becomes richer with each reading.
He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. How could he face them? He was ready to face his family. Through a poem, special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. It is not known who the person is, nor whether male or female. He is momentarily away from all his work, his social life, his regular daily stresses or anything else that might make him. The repetition serves as a reminder, even a mantra, to the narrator, as if he would ultimately decide to stay in the woods unless he forces himself to remember his responsibilities. The first two words focus attention on an absent character about whom we only find out two things: that he lives in the village, away from nature, and that he owns the woods.