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Which poetry techniques does Frost use most effectively in his "Stopping by Woods" poem?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM via web

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Which poetry techniques does Frost use most effectively in his "Stopping by Woods" poem?

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 24, 2009 at 3:34 PM (Answer #3)

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He uses a lot of alliteration:

"His house"

"watch his woods"

"He gives his harness..."

"sound's the sweep"

"dark and deep"

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 27, 2009 at 1:46 PM (Answer #4)

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Frost is also a master of imagery. Even the title of this poem has pristine imagery. He is able to use language that appeals to all of the senses, not just sight. The reader can almost smell the horse, and hear the silent darkness.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 16, 2009 at 9:30 AM (Answer #5)

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While the familiar rhythm of iambic quatrameter and the simple rhyme scheme of Frost's poem connotes relaxation, the repetition of the last line as the reminder that the poet has obligations, suggests his reluctance to go as well as the persistent interference of these obligations upon his enjoyment.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2009 at 2:08 AM (Answer #6)

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There is a longing for death (“frozen lake,” “darkest evening of the year,” “The woods are lovely, dark and deep” seem to support this view), but that is not what the poem is exclusively about. If there is a momentary longing for death in the poem, there is also the reassertion of the will to face the tasks of living.

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