Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening And Desert Places

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Robert Frost’s "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Desert Places” are complementary works which coincide with the naturesque elements most commonly ascribed to Frost. The two poems were published over a decade apart in a period after the first World War where feelings of lack of community and self-worth had grown in precedents amongst the general public. The early years of Frost’s literary career were spent on his poultry farm in Derry, New Hampshire as he toiled his land. Although Frost made for a bad farmer and suffered many difficulties and losses, it was during that time when he developed his colloquial style of poetry. Of his numerous works, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Desert Places” both share a common wintertime setting and similar, but contrasting, language and themes. From the features that draw on the distinctness between the poems is their linguistic style. In “Stopping by Woods”, the language used is more rhythmic and “sing-song” like than the gloomy, earnest descriptions portrayed in “Desert Places”. The duo was also written with four stanzas in iambic meter with similar rhyme schemes, however the difference between the two lies in the verbatim used to illustrate nature as an omnipresent force. In “Desert Places”, Robert Frost’s persona describes the snow as engulfing the landscape, “And the ground almost covered smooth in snow/And a few weeds and stubble showing last.” (3-4). On the other hand, in “Stopping by Woods” the snow has a
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