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

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“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” As we know, a piece of literature can be interpreted in many ways that can differ dramatically. Every reader will interpret literature differently between the initial reading and a later reading. Readers will commonly pick up on things that they didn’t notice before or change their interpretation completely. Robert Frost’s piece “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” definitely has an underlying message about nature as his poems typically do. I strongly disagree with the first student author that the speaker is questioning his manhood that is indicated by the use of the words “queer” and “pretty”. I believe that this student took the words too literal and needs to remember that this story was written a long time and the language was different. The speaker does not feel insecure about his identity as a man; he is using “pretty” to describe the woods and queer to describe the moment. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” uses literary devices to stress the importance of particular parts in the poem. Repetition was used in the last two lines to indicate that the narrator has miles to go before he can sleep; by using repetition Frost was able to show the importance of the meaning of these two last lines which is that the speaker must stop enjoying the beauty of nature because he doesn’t know when this opportunity will come again and it’s a long road ahead. I think of it as the last swim of the summer in the ocean or the last beach day, you have to treasure and enjoy every second of the day because you know it’s going to be a long time before its summer again. This signifies that there is a long road of winter ahead of you as the speaker sees a long road of busy days ahead of him. As you can see, the speaker enjoys taking time out of his everyday life to take a break and enjoy the simple pleasures of nature
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