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mmatuny | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 13, 2008 at 9:12 AM via web

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What literary devices and the figurative language makes "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" a good, written poem? 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM (Answer #1)

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The use of iambic pentameter is one device that makes the poem wonderfully readable.  In this poem, Frost uses iambic pentameter, which is when you have an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.  For example, if I copy a few of Frost's lines from the poem here and then capitalize the part of the word that the stress is on, you will be able to see iambic pentameter more clearly:

Whose WOODS are THESE I THINK I KNOW

His HOUSE is IN the VILLAGE, though; (qtd. in Enotes)

Also, Frost's diction is fantastic.  Diction is a writer's choice of words he/she uses.  Frost's diction sets the tone of this poem, which is one of melancholy and quiet reflection.

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cathywish | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2010 at 9:37 AM (Answer #2)

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While some believe that the poem is written in iambic pentameter, in reality it is iambic tetrameter. There are four feet per line:

Whose WOODS are THESE i THINK i KNOW.

The poem also uses alliteration quite effectively. "H" is an important repetitive sound that appears in whose, house, here, and his. Another letter used for alliteration is "W." This sound is present in woods, will, and watch.

The addition of the refrain at the end of the poem adds depth to its meaning: And miles to go before I sleep,/ And miles to go before I sleep. Like a song fades out, the poem, this brief respite, also fades away and the narrator must re-enter the reality that is his life. As much as he would like to continue to enjoy the beautiful view of the snow falling into the woods, he is pulled back to social responsibilities that he dreams of neglecting.

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yoni | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM (Answer #3)

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frost wrote the poem using nature,like snow, woods etc

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