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Stopping   by   Woods   on   a   Snowy   Evening

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 dowmy 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.

Robert Frost

(NB: With Appreciation part below ^_^)


Appreciation of Robert Frost's poem: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

Admirers of Robert Frost have consistently liked this particular
poem. Although I'm no admirer of the poet, I like this poem too :-)
And that's why I'm especially doing this appreciation part about it
(like duh?).

The poem is deceptively simple. On the surface it records an
unremarkable event, a moment when the poet stops one evening to
contemplate the snow and the setting for his contemplation are, in
some senses, a thirs 'character'.

The poem's theme, or deeper meaning, arises out of the poet's
musings. The woods, 'lovely, dark and deep', come to symbolise the
attractiveness of passivity, withdrawal from life, perhaps even
death. Frost feels drawn to this dark beauty. However, he is also
drawn to life.

'But I have promises to keep, 
 And miles to go before I sleep, 
 And miles to go before I sleep.'



He chose life and personal involvement that he chooses, rather than
withdrawal and death. His moment of choice, or commitment to life, is
signalled at the poem's end by the single word 'but' in 'But I have
promises to keep'. He is drawnonwards in his journey because of
responsibilities. That way ahead is not easy is emphasises by the
repetition of the line, 'And miles to go before I sleep.'