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Interesting suggestion, but you can't isolate the first line from the rest of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."
If it stood by itself, you might be able to support the idea that the speaker is thinking that the woods belong to God, if there is a God, of which the speaker is unsure. However, the second line clearly states "His house is in the village." This certainly sounds like a statement of a specific, known but not present, individual human owner of the woods.
If you were interpreting the "house" as being a church in the village, since churches may be thought of as being houses of God, this would answer that concern. Assuming this is your argument, God in his village house would be able to see the speaker "stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow", which contradicts the third line of the first stanza.
Faith and doubt don't appear to be considerations in the interpretation of this poem.
Posted by stolperia on February 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM (Answer #1)
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