Symbolism in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Symbolism in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Many people consider Robert Frost to be one of America's greatest poets, and one of his best known poems is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". In the poem, Frost describes a person stopping just outside of town in a wooded area with his horse. He stops for a moment to appreciate the wonder of the world that he has spent so much time in, something that he may not have done much in his younger years. The horse could be a symbol of the pressures of the rest of the "civilized" world. The horse nudges the speaker on as if "to ask if there is some mistake," just as society might nudge someone into movement and not understand the necessity of "stopping to smell…show more content…
Frost, in line 7, may be using the symbolism of the horse nudging the speaker as if "to ask if there is some mistake" to show the pressures that are placed on us through our daily lives: society, family, and fiscal solvency. In other words, we must resist the temptation to slow down so that we can be valuable members of society, provide for our family and have the material wealth to show others of our prowess. Frost seems to be advising that, although one must normally succumb to these pressures, one must make time to revel in the joy of life, lest the chance be taken away. Frost is showing in a very poignant way that life is too short not to celebrate in the awesome beauty of the world around us. The last three lines of this poem are symbolic of the realization that, between being born and dying, there are many things to do. Frost may be showing that, like so many of us, he realizes that the completion of responsibilities is the only way to enjoy the pleasures of life. The fact that Frost repeats the last line "and miles to go before I rest" gives a sense of weariness to the reader. It shows the terrible price that we all pay, the price of our lives committed to the service of someone else. What a wonderful
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