How does snow relate to humanity in "Desert Places"?

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In Robert Frost's "Desert Places," snow is both antithetical to humanity and symbolic of the coldness and bleakness that human beings can feel within themselves.

"Snow" is the first word of the poem. The poet describes it falling fast and says that it will soon cover the landscape with its blank whiteness. While people (and poets in particular) strive for self-expression, the "benighted snow" has "no expression, nothing to express." The snow is therefore anti-human, a force that dampens and deadens creativity. Although the snow is white and the night is dark, both fall together, blotting out meaning.

In the final quatrain, the poet moves from exterior to interior landscape. Although he does not mention the snow again, the final words "my own desert places" show that he carries within him the same bleak, featureless coldness that the snow has created outside. The qualities of the snow that are antithetical to humanity can be found in human beings, freezing them from within.

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