Essay about Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eve

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Frost's poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", seems to be a simple story of a man and his horse. It portrays beautiful imagery with an enjoyable rhythm and rhyming scheme. Taking a second look at this poem may bring a more complex curiosity about what Frost is exactly trying to achieve through his words. It is apparent in the breakdown of the poem that new meanings and revelations are to be found. This is seen by relating almost all of his statements to each stanza and line. Robert Frost's aesthetic philosophy about "Stopping by Woods" gives a more penetrating view into his work.

"It [the poem] finds its own name as it goes and discovers the best waiting for it in some final phrase at once wise and sad." (Frost 985). The
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1 & 3) It seems as though the character is delighted and almost childish, sneaking around on someone's property. As the poem progresses, "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." (l. 13-16) the character seems to shift into a more mature mood and use more wisdom. He realizes that as much as he would like to stop and rest, he has prior commitments and recognizes their importance.

It is important to look for the obscure meanings underneath Robert Frost's words. He explains this in the aesthetic breakdown: "It should be the pleasure of a poem itself to tell how it can... But it is a trick poem..." (Frost 985). To simply look at the poem it may seem to depict a story of a man walking through the woods on a snowy night. To discover the meanings of the seemingly straightforward phrases, questions must be asked and sentences must be challenged. The walk that the character is taking may be a metaphor for a journey through life. "He will not see me stopping here</em> to watch the woods fill up with snow" (l. 3 & 4). This may mean that the character is stopping and reflecting on life. The poem is introspective and retrospective at the same time. Frost concurs with this in this aesthetic when he says: "It must be a revelation or a series of revelations, as much for the poet as for the reader." (Frost 985).

When Frost says "It must be more felt than seen ahead
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