And they are registered here in Frost's own quietly ironic contrast between the road along which the narrator travels, connecting marketplace to marketplace, promoting community and culture - and the white silence of the woods, where none of the ordinary limitations of the world seem to apply. The emphasis is on the performance of the writer and on the act of writing. In this case, the horse is perhaps sounding an alarm that the narrator is going too far. Historical background Conclusion: As we have looked into this beautifully written poem, the reader can see the many layers that are a part of the simple looking poem. Robert Frost, when asked if the poem had anything to do with death or suicide, denied it, preferring to keep everyone guessing by simply saying 'No', but many think that the poem can be construed as a dream-like image of someone passing away, or saying a final goodbye.
In a way, this poem is symbolic of our own yearn to often just give up on the impending quality of our journey and rest for a while. Reading the poem is quite a lot like staring at a portrait of nature. One could suggest Christmas here—which roughly corresponds with the winter solstice—but Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening seems to be devoid of any specific Christian allusions. The poem begins with the speaker entering into these woods. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening is a well known Frost classic. Yet the wind is just the opposite.
There is no farmhouse close by and the evening is the darkest of the year. In a time and a place where hard work is valued above all things, the act of watching snow fall in the woods may be viewed as a particularly trivial indulgence. On the other hand, the repeated line could be a signal that the narrator is slowly falling asleep. The point has been driven home already. The very tentative tone of the opening line lets us into the mood without our quite sensing where it will lead, just as the ordinariness of 'though' at the end of the second line assures us that we are in this world. The promises could be myriad, ranging from domestic errands to dealing with marital affairs.
The horse symbolizes the motivational forces that prevent mankind to deviate from their goal. Lines one, two, and four all rhyme. Why he has held the poor creature near the woods and before a frozen lake? 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. However in the end of the poem he chooses to continue on his journey and fulfil his promises and he ignores the temptations of death. On a deeper level the reader beings to question why is he not going to stay in the woods.
They very much carry one through the poem as if it were a song. Instead, taking advantage of the moment, he starts admiring the woods without being watched. In a literal sense, this is accomplished by the horse. But the tinkling sound of the bells gets suppressed by the sound being produced in the whole area due to the blowing wind and the snowfall. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! So, it's not an ethical problem for him. This line helps create the portrait of the landscape.
The woods and its owner seem to be known to the rider, while the thought that the man would not come in this severe weather to check out on him trespassing upon his property gives him relief. This is the difference between something productive according to society as opposed to letting go and doing absolutely nothing. It may feel akin to a nursery rhyme. GradeSaver, 12 May 2009 Web. Yet, this third line is a connecting link to the other stanzas, it provides momentum too. This analysis shows that this poem, though, seems a simple and innocent composition, points to the reality of making decisions in complex situations in order to fulfill our responsibilities. Other sounds that add length to words are fricatives-f, v, s, z, sh, and the voiced version of sh found in pleasure.
It will be a long time before he disengages with the conscious world. Robert Frost is often thought of as the quintessential American poet. So he cannot get the enjoyment for long. Surely, no man has business in this neck of the woods, his master is acting strangely. The poet affirms only three sounds in thick woods; wind, snow and bell ringing. Since the poet will allow himself to sleep only after he has kept his promises.
Is the evening, say, the winter solstice, literally darkest? Poetic Structure Readers and children alike have taken a liking to this naturalistic poem. We want to ask the right questions so as to help each reader make up their own minds about the poem. But after I had reached a mountain's foot, At that point where the valley terminated, Which had with consternation pierced my heart, Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders, Vested already with that planet's rays Which leadeth others right by every road. In this case, the horse could be viewed as a bridge between the two realms. This resilient man dealt with many tragedies even when he was very young. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. After a few minutes, the horse shook the bells on its harness, and Frost was cheered enough to continue home.