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Are there any figures of speech in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:56 AM via web

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Are there any figures of speech in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:31 AM (Answer #1)

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There are figures of speech in Frost's poem, "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening." The narrator states that he has promises to keep and miles to go before he sleeps.

Some critics think that the narrator is comtemplating suicide. Who else wood stop by woods on the darkest evening of the year to watch woods fill up with snow?

Even the little horse thinks it is strange to stop between the woods and frozen lake on the darkest evening of the year.

The last lines could be symbolic meaning a long life up ahead. Miles to go before I sleep could be a metaphor meaning the narrator has many years to go in life. Since he has made promises, he must carry on in life and not give up just yet:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.    But I have promises to keep,    And miles to go before I sleep,    And miles to go before I sleep.

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