Analysis of 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'

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Analysis of "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening" "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a very well know poem by Robert Frost. The poem appears to be very simple, but it has a hidden meaning to it. The simple words and rhyme scheme of the poem gives it an easy flow, which adds to the calmness of the poem. The rhyme scheme (aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd) and the rhythm (iambic tetrameter) give the poem a solid structure. The poem is about the speaker 's experience of stopping by the dark woods in the winter evening with his horse and admiring the beauty of the fresh fallen snow in the forest. Then, the speaker projects himself into the mind of his horse, speculating about his horse 's practical concerns and the horse communicates by…show more content…
I think his horse is practical in nature, he thinks, while the speaker sits there dreaming, watching the snow fill up the woods. He just stands there dreaming, and thinking about his horse 's feelings is the one thing that brings him back to reality. Death comes again in the typical image of night, as we 're told this is the "darkest evening of the year." Also, it can either be taken literally as the most lightless night, or it can be taken as the night of the darkest emotions. I think that it is a combination of the two, a dark moonless winter night in which the speaker experiences some form of depression or loneliness. In the third stanza, the speaker is brought back to reality. He 's still drawn to the scene, evidenced by the way he notes the quietness of the country after hearing the harness bells shake. Although he 's considered the needs of his horse to take journey towards home, he can 't easily draw himself away from the beauty of the woods, where there are only other sounds of snow falling and wind blowing. The mentioning of the sounds suggests some of the things going on inside the speaker 's mind. He is so still that he can hear the soft fall of the "downy flake" and hear the movement of the "easy wind". Mehta3. I also think that easy" wind and "downy" flake supports speaker 's idea of his grave which would be unharmed by the snow covering the ground in the woods. The quietness and the loneliness are
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