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What is the summary of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost?

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khaledbastar | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:44 AM via web

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What is the summary of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The opening stanza identifies the setting as woods in the winter. The speaker is aware of the owner of the woods, knowing that he will not mind if he spends a moment to watch the snow fall. The second stanza mentions that his horse must wonder about his choice of stopping on a frozen lake on such a cold, dark evening. In the third stanza, the horse shakes its harness, ringing its bells, breaking the silence; the only other sound is that of the wind and snowfall. In the final stanza, the speaker admits his love of the beauty around him but realizes he must depart because of another obligation. The final lines repeat--"and miles to go before I sleep"--suggesting both a long journey and the drowsiness of sleep.

As with many poems, Frost's classic has a deeper meaning. The dark woods seem to symbolize death, and the speaker has an attraction to it. However, the "miles to go" in a different direction symbolizes the continuation of life--a journey that the speaker must nevertheless continue, perhaps not altogether enthusiastically.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 30, 2011 at 5:02 AM (Answer #2)

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ksudha | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM (Answer #3)

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the poem indicates that the beautiful scenery of snowfall on a dark wood attracts the writer. the writer was wellknown about the owner and know that he won't mind the writers standing and watching the scenery. the horse then shakes its bell and the writer realise that he must be depart from there as he understood the of the horse perhaps horse was asking if there any mistake? finally the writer realise that he has many things to do before he sleep and went from there. the last repeated lines show clearly

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