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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

What is the central theme of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

One theme central to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is the contrast between society and nature. From the first stanza, the speaker is on a journey between two places. He decides to "stop"...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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Why does the speaker stop in the woods in Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

In the first stanza the speaker tells why he is stopping by the woods. It is "To watch his woods fill up with snow." It is a cold night but apparently not too cold for the speaker to stop for a few...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2014 10:14 pm UTC

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What rhyme scheme is used in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

Whose woods these are I think I know. AHis house is in the village, though; AHe will not see me stopping here BTo watch his woods fill up with snow. A My...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 6:19 am UTC

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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Symbolism

This poem by Robert Frost could be read completely literally as the story of a man stopping in a quiet wood, with his horse, to appreciate the beauty of the snowy evening. However, it could also be...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020 10:44 am UTC

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

Figures of speech are words used in a non-literal sense. In this poem, Frost is using literary devices or figures of speech to try to make a larger point about life. When he says, for instance,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2017 1:41 pm UTC

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Explain the four stanzas of the poem

Frost has been quoted as saying the following: Everything written is as good as it is dramatic. It need not declare itself in form, but it is drama or nothing. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 10:00 pm UTC

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

The first image Frost constructs is visual (sight): the speaker stops "To watch [the owner's] woods fill up with snow" (line 4). We can imagine, based on this sensory description, what the scene...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 12:32 pm UTC

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What does the line "but I have promises to keep" mean in this poem?

Many critics have opined that this poem contains a conscious or unconscious death wish. The very common interpretation is that the speaker, presumably Frost himself, finds the woods so "lovely,...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 12:12 am UTC

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What is the "message" of the poem?

There is a mistaken assumption built into this question—that poets are preachers or philosophers or moralizers in every poem they write. Here, Frost is an observer, a contemplater, and (even if...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 3:44 pm UTC

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What message do the last two lines of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" convey? What is the significance of the...

The final two lines of Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" convey the sheer distance the narrator still has to "go before I sleep." By repeating the line "And miles to go before I...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 7:25 am UTC

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Why does the horse give his harness bells a shake in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

The horse is shaking his harness bells to ask if stopping is a mistake. This poem describes a person that is driving a horse-drawn carriage on a snowy evening through some woods. The clue to why...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015 12:34 am UTC

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What is the tone of the poem?

Frost's poem is one that is near bittersweet in its reminiscent quality. As the rider pauses to reflect, we experience the beauty of the wintertime imagery made by snow, the jingle of the harness...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2009 12:44 am UTC

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What is the mood of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

In the first stanza of the poem, the mood is one of wonder and admiration because the speaker has stopped in the woods to watch the snow fall. This is clearly an enjoyable and interesting activity...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2017 1:58 pm UTC

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Why does the little horse "think it queer" in the poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The horse thinks it is "queer" or odd to stop in the middle of the woods because it seems his owner never does this. We know this because the speaker tells us that his "little" horse is used to...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 2:42 pm UTC

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What literary devices does Robert Frost use in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

Frost uses imagery, which is description involving the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, to put us at the scene. His focus is on sight and sound. As for sight, he locates us...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 10:57 am UTC

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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Analysis

The rhyme scheme seems intended to suggest very subtly the look and feel of falling snow. For example, the first stanza's rhymes are AABA. Then the B is caught up in the second stanza and becomes...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014 11:51 pm UTC

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Who is the speaker in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? Who does the speaker refer to in the first stanza? Why...

The speaker in this poem gives no identifying details about himself, except the fact that he is on a journey with his horse and that he has made "promises" to others and still has "miles to go"...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018 5:08 pm UTC

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Describe the setting of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

The poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was written in 1922 by Robert Frost. It was included in his Pulitzer Prize–winning collection New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes in...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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Where has the poet stopped? Why does his horse think it queer?

Robert Frost wrote this poem, along with many other of his most famous compositions, at his house in southern Vermont. The house sat on seven acres of wooded land, and Frost himself apparently...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 10:27 pm UTC

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What does the narrator think about the owner of the woods?  

The narrator gives us very little information about the owner of the woods in the poem, as the main subject is the narrator's own experience of the snow and isolation of the area. The narrator of...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2017 8:55 am UTC

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

Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a tender poem that relies heavily on imagery to reveal the vulnerability of its speaker. Imagery is commonly defined as descriptive language...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018 2:23 am UTC

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 What is the central idea of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"    

In the poem, an individual is briefly arrested by a beautiful winter scene. Despite the fact that he has so much work to do and obligations to which he must attend ("promises to keep"), he feels...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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What are the only two sounds that can be heard in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? What effect do...

The first sound mentioned in the poem occurs when the narrator's horse "gives his harness bells a shake." The narrator suggests the noise of the bells indicates the horse's impatience with standing...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013 9:54 pm UTC

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Miles To Go Before I Sleep

The first line reading "And miles to go before I sleep" is probably intended literally. The speaker is traveling some distance in a horse-drawn sleigh and still have some distance to cover before...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 12:24 pm UTC

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What does Frost mean by "the darkest evening of the year" and "miles to go before I sleep"?

In response to the answer posted above, a different construction could be put upon the phrase 'miles to go before I sleep'. Instead of referring literally to the speaker's journey home, it could...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2015 9:07 pm UTC

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How does the setting of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" contribute to the central themes of the poem? Cite...

The setting of the poem is the forest during the winter. The speaker refers to the "woods" that seem to be set at quite a distance from "the village," where the owner of the land on which the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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Which figures of speech are in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost?  

This poem uses imagery, language that conveys sensory information, in order to help us understand how solitary the speaker is, and how dark and beautiful the woods are. The second stanza is most...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017 12:33 pm UTC

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Why does the speaker stop in the woods in Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

Robert Frost answers this question himself. He does so in the first stanza. He stops To watch his woods fill up with snow. Frost was extremely sensitive to the beauty of nature. He is similar to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2014 7:15 am UTC

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Do you feel that there is a sense of regret in the speaker at the end of the poem? Give reasons for your answer.

An interesting question! I think it can certainly be argued that the speaker in this poem is filled with regrets at the end for a number of reasons. The speaker observes that the woods are "lovely"...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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Why does the poet use the expressions "dark," "deep," and "darkest"?

Frost uses these descriptive terms to create a sense of atmosphere. The word "darkest" is applied to the evening: this term is a superlative, meaning that something that is "darkest" is darker than...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 8:20 am UTC

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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, what does the speaker do?

In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost, the speaker of the poem (which of course is not necessarily Frost himself) stops his horse-drawn carriage (or sled, since it is snowing)...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

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To what is the speaker referring when he states that his horse "must think it's queer"?

As mentioned in other posts, the horse is unused to stopping in this open space—"Between the woods and frozen lake"—as there is no sense of purpose in doing so: no building, no capacity for work on...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 10:15 pm UTC

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What kind of understanding is there between the horse and the speaker of the poem?

In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the man and his horse seem to have an understanding that they will perform their duties with no lollygagging. Thus when the man stops to watch the woods...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2017 3:51 am UTC

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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," why was the horse surprised? Where did the poet stop during his...

In the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the speaker shares a precious moment with us. On the way to keep some promises, he stops his ride briefly to take in the beauty of the frozen...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 6:44 am UTC

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What is the mood of the poem?

In the famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, a rider on a journey stops his horse in somebody else's woods and watches the snow as it falls. Several different moods...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 2:03 am UTC

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Can you find examples of personification, alliteration, or exaggeration, in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by...

Frost uses alliteration in this poem, which is repeating the same consonant at the beginning of words in close proximity. Examples of this include "sound’s the sweep" in stanza two, with its...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017 11:59 am UTC

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What is the structure of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

When we discuss a poem’s structure, what we are talking about is how the poem is set up, how it conveys information and experience to the reader. In the case of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 12:14 pm UTC

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What is the inner conflict in man as expressed in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The primary and most evident conflict for the narrator (or overall "man" as indicated in the question) is between his responsibilities and desires. That is, the narrator (and his horse) have...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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What feelings was Frost trying to create in the reader with his poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

Robert Frost once answered a similar question with the statement: "If I wanted you to know I'd had told you in the poem." Feelings from poetry are intensely personal, and a poem that creates deep...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 8:36 pm UTC

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

This question has already been answered here on eNotes. Here is a comprehensive link for you: http://www.enotes.com/stopping-by-woods-snowy-evening/q-and-a/tags/summary

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011 5:02 am UTC

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What does the speaker wish to convey through the phrase "fill up with snow"?

By the phrase "fill up with snow," the speaker wishes to convey that it is snowing, and heavily enough to "fill" the woods with snow. By this he means both that the sky is full of snowflakes and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 12:40 am UTC

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What is the role played by the horse in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? 

The main role of the horse in the narrative of the poem is to emphasize, first, how unusual it is for the narrator to stop and watch a snowfall, second, to emphasize how long the narrator stays...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 2:03 pm UTC

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Is there a hidden meaning to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

The meaning of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is generally personal, depending on the reader's perception. Attempts to read more into the poem than is visible on the surface, or more than...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 8:23 pm UTC

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What seems strange to the horse in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

Robert Frost has been quoted as saying: Everything written is as good as it is dramatic. It need not declare itself in form, but it is drama or nothing. This explains a lot about his poetry. In...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 7:17 pm UTC

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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," what does the poet say about the owner of the woods?

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a melodic poem by Robert Frost that focuses on the captivating power of nature. As he rides his horse, he encounters an especially lovely area of woods and...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 1:42 am UTC

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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," what are the snow flakes compared to in the poem?

The adjective "downy" does seem to suggest that the snowflakes are being compared to "down," which is defined as a noun meaning the soft, first plumage of many young birds or the soft under-plumage...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2014 6:14 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of "and miles to go before I sleep"?

The meaning of the line "and miles to go before I sleep" has been contested for decades by readers and scholars alike. The most obvious meaning is literal: the traveler is talking about literal...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 11:41 am UTC

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What is the allegory and what are the metaphors in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

I'm not sure I would call Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" allegorical in any sense. One might say it's symbolic or that it involves an extended metaphor, but I don't see it as an...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 3:58 pm UTC

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Does Robert Frost know who owns the woods?  

The speaker of the poem, who is presumably Robert Frost himself, thinks he knows who owns the woods he has stopped to look at. The first stanza reads: Whose woods these are I think I know. His...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

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

One way to look at this poem is through the theme of the contemplation of life. In the poem, the speaker has paused in the middle of the woods to look at the landscape and admire its beauty. Note...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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