Show MoreAn Analysis of Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
The images in the poem “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost are very vivid. . The man telling the story is telling events as they happened in his own eyes. His descriptive language allows you to picture the events in your own head, as if you were watching them occur.
Frost structures this poem very interestingly. He uses inverted sentences, which are common in poems because of the way they seem to flow, the atmosphere they create, and also for the purpose of rhyming. An interesting rhyme scheme is used here. The first, second, and last lines of every stanza rhyme, but the third does not. However, that third line does rhyme with the first, second, and fourth…show more content…
Secondly, however, and more importantly, I think he may’ve written it to give those who are in a similar situation an outlook on their predicament, and to help them solve their problem.
The tone of this work of literature is somewhat laid-back, and at the same time mysterious. The choice of words creates a sort of eerie feeling, because the images are dream-like and slightly clouded.
A strong image portrayed by Frost in this poem is that of the woods. They are described as ""lovely, dark and deep,"" (Frost, Line 13) and are a sight enjoyed by the man in the poem. They have a legitimate literal meaning, that of being an actual forest which the man is looking at. When looked at from a symbolic standpoint, however, they can be seen as standing for peace, death, and solitude. This is accomplished by the three adjectives, lovely, dark, and deep. The facts that it is the darkest evening of the year, and that it is snowing, serve to escalate these images. The drowsy, dream-like atmosphere of the line, “Of easy wind and downy flake” (Line 12) also gives the feeling of wanting to stop and rest.
This image played a major role in the poem as a whole. While the man is wishing to stop and take the “easy way out,” he is being held back. In a literal sense, this is accomplished by the horse. While the man is mesmerized by the scene, “[The horse] gives his harness bells a shake.” (Line 9) This brings the man to his senses, and he remembers he has things he must
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