Explain the four stanzas of the poem
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In the beautiful poem 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost, the poet describes a late ride through the snow to an appointment.In the first stanza he sets the tranquil scene and lets us enter his world where he is gazing and reflecting on some woods - it seems as if he briefly considers riding through the snow to experience their mysterious snowy beauty. He explains that he thinks he knows who they belong to, and that the person in question would not be able to see him diverting from his true path if he did venture in. In the next stanza he says that his horse would think it strange that he stopped in such an isolated spot on the worst night of the year for getting lost due to bad light - of course the horse cannot share his appreciation and wonderment of the sight. He creates a mood of stillness and blanketing silence in the third stanza by letting us hear only the tinkling of the reins - perhaps like a sleigh bell sound. Stanza four tells us what his regretful decision was, that despite the comforting blanketing and beckoning of the lovely woods, the poet is on a mission - he has an appointment to keep and a long way still to ride. In studying the poem you might want to consider themes such as regret, choices,mystery, taboo and sanctuary.
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