Snow Imagery in “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

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Robert Frost (1874- 1963). Robert Frost “was the most widely admired and highly honoured American poet of the 20th century (Eiermann).” Robert Frost was raised in rural New England where he grew a fond love for the outdoors and nature (Merriman). His love with nature elements has probably overwhelmed him so much that it has been reflected upon in many of his poems such as “The Tuft of Flowers,” “Reluctance,” and “Birches.” One of the nature imageries that have been used frequently by Robert Frost is the snow imagery. Although the snow imagery appears in many other poems by Frost we will be dealing with the poems “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Even though “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy…show more content…
It is also because of the mysteriousness of the woods being “lovely, dark, and deep (Frost, Stopping., line 13)” that makes the speaker mesmerized. The snow in this poem gave the speaker calmness by the woods and gives the poem the mood of welcome and mysteriousness whereas in “Desert Places” the snow establishes the mood of loneliness and emptiness. Therefore, if the snow imagery made the mood of the poems different, then evidently the snow imagery will make the themes of the two poems different as well.
From the different manipulations of the snow imagery on the moods in “Desert Places” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” it made their themes distinctly different from each other. The snow that surrounded the speaker in “Desert Places” made the field look like an open, empty, lonely place. It is from the surroundings that the speaker creates his own loneliness. From this, it is clear that the speaker’s loneliness inside himself/ herself overwhelms them so much that it causes their outlook to be of only loneliness. So in “Desert Places” the theme is that the loneliness that is created from within of the speaker causes him/her to realize or see the loneliness that is inside them and also the loneliness that surrounds them, which is nature.
In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy

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