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What is the importance of the “wind” in the poem?

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cpbycroft | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 9, 2010 at 11:55 PM via web

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What is the importance of the “wind” in the poem?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:25 AM (Answer #1)

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In the poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" the poet says regarding to the wind:

The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The wind gives depth and atmosphere to the description of the scene, adding sensory elements such as the soft, peaceful, and refreshing feeling of a soft winter breeze, and the tactile and physical brush of the flakes. In not so many words, the addition of the wind takes care of all five senses and makes the poem more dimensional.

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taytayluv | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM (Reply #1)

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 10, 2010 at 1:19 AM (Answer #2)

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In the poem "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, the poet first suggests a scene to us. then, by a combination of imagery and language choices he makes it real for us to experience. By adding a description of the wind to the scene of wintry soft white, Frost puts us in it. we can feel the chill touch of the wind on our cheek, and almost feel the landing of the flakes gentle on our face and hair. The addition of the wind enables us to feel a virtual temperature in the poem, adding to the vivid depiction of winter solitude. It also, along with the Christmassy jingling sound of the harness, adds a dimension of sound to the poem, contrasting with and highlighting the silence. All in all, it adds to the atmosphere of solitude.

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taytayluv | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM (Reply #1)

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