Imagery in Robert Frost's 'Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening'

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In Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", imagery is used to help the auditor understand the tone while symbolism and setting help to define the theme of the poets writing. In this poem, the speaker rides through some woods near his village on a snowy night and just takes in the wonderful scene of the lonely, isolated woods. As one reads Frost's poem, imagery allows the reader to interperate the tone to be that of a tranquil solitude. The visual of the narrator who has stumbled upon a part of woods that is isolated and mysterious, lends the feeling that there is joy in just being at peace with nature even when the darkest depths of it has been reached. The way Frost describes the forest as being cold and frozen gives the reader the image of someone who is very much alone in that moment. There is not a warm hug to comfort him or warm smile to uplift him, or even a ray of warm sun from the sky. Even though, the narrator seems to be a peace with himself , the moment and the circumstance for which he arrived there at the edge of the frozen lake. The woods are beautiful and enticing from the beginning to the end of the poem. In the last stanza we see the woods' true beauty through the eyes of the narrator , “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,”. (line 13) One feels the woods as a safe haven where no outside influence can reach. The mysterious woods is so alluring that, the narrator decides to stay in the area and continue his exploration of the deep, cold forest only to enjoy being alone with the falling snow. The narrator writes in the first stanza, “Whose wood these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.”(1-4) One can see that the narrator is completely in solitude and enjoying the fact. The auditor is also well informed through the imagery
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