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What kind of imagery is used in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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carmen85 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM via web

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What kind of imagery is used in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM (Answer #1)

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When we refer to "imagery" we are talking about a literary term meaning the images and pictures that authors "paint" as it were with their words. We mean the descriptions that are created that help us to imagine and picture the scene. In this excellent poem by Frost, the imagery relates to this tranquil and immensely peaceful scene of the man with his horse stopping "between the woods and the frozen lake" with snow all around. The most effective imagery tries to incorporate as many of the senses as possible to help us imagine the scene, and in this particular scene, we can visually see the "lovely, dark, and deep" woods, we can hear the "harness bells" of the horse and the "sweep/Of easy wind and downy flake," and obviously the snow and the "frozen lake" helps us to feel the cold of the scene. These details all build up the image of the spot where the speaker has paused in his journey.

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