Language Features in the Poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'

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There are many language feature used in the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost. The main language features used are symbolism, metaphors and repetition. The use of these language features bring out and support the main idea of decision making. The main/most clear symbol in the poem is the woods itself. As you read the poem you can see that the traveller is in awe with the woods beauty and elegance and wants to spend his time there. His feelings towards the woods are expressed when he says “The woods are lovely, dark and deep” and the woods becomes his escape from the responsibilities/duties or as said in the poem, his “promises” that he must keep. The woods symbolise an escape from the responsibilities and problems of everyday life. So the idea portrayed is to deal with problems or responsibilities head on without finding escapes that will delay the resolution them. Symbolism helps understand the text better because it allows you to visually see what idea is being conveyed to the reader. Another language feature used in the poem was metaphors. The traveller’s journey through the woods on a snowy evening was a metaphor for the journey of life. This is because he often wanted to give in to the temptations of the woods and enter them, forgetting about his promises that he must keep, but in the end he kept going and didn’t stop by the woods. So metaphorically the traveller wanted to give up on life and go into the darkness of the woods, leaving his responsibilities and duties astray, but in the end he decides to go against his will of giving up on life and keeps his responsibilities, and this is clearly shown near the end of the poem when the traveller says “And miles to go before I sleep”. Metaphors help to understand the text better because it allows the reader to see different ideas from simple texts. Repetition was another important

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