Recapturing Robert Frost’s 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'

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Recapturing Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening As the reader recaptures the poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the author, Robert Frost tells a story how he is desperate to finish his journey riding through the snow covered forest, trying to get home to someone who he made a promise, and which he intends to keep. This poem shows complex and simplicity at the same time. By showing a short simple poem with only sixteen lines and a rhythmic scheme, but then the complexity shows up in how the reader interprets the meaning. Just by reading the last three lines of the forth stanza which says, “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go be I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep” (Kennedy, 2013, pp. 842-843) keeps the audience wondering what the promise could be. Living in the era of 1874 to 1963, Robert Frost describes the second stanza of the poem as a blustery snowy nightfall where he has his horse stop in the middle of the woods for no reason. He continues illustrating each step of the way by saying, “ My little horse must think it queer, To stop without a farmhouse near” (Kennedy, 2013, p. 842), which are the fifth and sixth line of the stanza, and the word queer means strange makes the reader wonder why he would be speaking to the horse. Was there no one else to talk to? As the reader carries on through Robert’s journey, he tells about the frozen lake which makes us picture in our mind a body of water shimmering with ice. And the last line stanza “The darkest evening of the year” makes us think there is no moon to light the way. This compels a person to think also if Robert or whoever this poem deciphers this person depressed or contemplating suicide because why would someone stop in the middle of the forest when snow is falling hard, covering what tracks were left and nobody would see him there. Then as we
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