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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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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Why do you think Frost uses the word "woods" instead of "forest"? How are these two words different from one another?

I would say that the word "forest" suggests a large area covered with trees in a natural state; whereas the word "woods" suggests a smaller stand of trees which may be either virgin growth or...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 1:32 pm UTC

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What does "previous obligations" mean?  Also do you think that the author's tone in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...

"Previous obligations" can be described as responsibilities that a person has prior to something else coming up. Most people read the line, "But I have promises to keep," as the speaker's...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 1:38 pm UTC

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Why can't the speaker enjoy the beauty of the woods?

The poem doesn't give readers an explicit and concrete answer to this question; however, the poem does offer enough evidence for a reader to hazard a guess or two as to why the man can't stay...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2018 11:42 am UTC

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Why do you think the last line of the poem is repeated twice?

The last line of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is arguably the most important because it holds the allegorical key to the poem's overall meaning. Repeating the line emphasizes its...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 10:36 am UTC

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Can you explain the line, "And miles to go before I sleep," with a short poem summary?

Many readers do choose to see the darker, contemplation of suicide interpretation in the last lines. However, Frost himself often discounted this interpretation and suggested that it "was just a...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010 12:10 am UTC

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What does the description of the horse tell us about the speaker?

The presence of the horse reminds us of the obligations that the speaker has yet to fulfill on his life's journey. He still has miles to go before he sleeps, before he comes to the end of his life,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 10:42 am UTC

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What contrasts are suggested between the speaker in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and his horse and the...

The poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," written by Robert Frost, describes the speaker's journey homeward on one of the darkest nights of the year. It is cold and desolate, yet the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 4:16 am UTC

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Where is the speaker at this time: "The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to...

The speaker is deep into the woods when he speaks these lines. He says that he knows the person to whom this land and trees belong, but that person's home is far away, in "the village."...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2017 11:45 pm UTC

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What are the rural theme and moral tag of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

This poem deals with many themes, with nature being the main focus of the poem. So, one of the primary themes is the beauty of nature and the speaker's fascination with it. Many of Frost's poems...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 6:28 pm 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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Why does the speaker want to watch the “woods fill up with snow”?

There is also a sense that snow takes the "edge" off things. Some of the sharpness of "real" or "practical" life is removed, and things tend to blend together into...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2008 1:05 pm UTC

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Why does the horse think that a mistake has been made in "stopping by woods on a snowy evening"?

The horse's behavior suggests that this is a familiar route. No doubt it runs from the speaker's farm into town and back, and the horse has been over it countless times. Proof that it is familiar...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2015 8:40 pm UTC

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Many people have criticized Frost for being too concerned with the past or with things that have nothing to do with...

Robert Frost wrote poems over a period spanning nearly half a century, from 1914 to his death in 1989. The world saw tremendous changes during that time, going through two world wars and a cold...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 2:22 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Bronte's "Spellbound"?

Quite a few similarities exist between the Frost poem and the Bronte poem. First of all, the setting is quite similar. In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the speaker finds himself in "the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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How does the horse express the personal in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The horse is made personal through personification, and he also helps express the speaker’s thoughts and feelings, as well as emphasize his separateness from other people. As the poem begins, the...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 6:16 am UTC

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what does wood and village symbolises in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

The poem 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost suggests many ideas and themes for example: possibilities that are out of reach, taboos, secrets, silence, darkness, ignorance and...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 2:33 pm UTC

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What syntax, imagery, themes, and metaphors are in the poem?

The first line has inverted syntax (the subject and predicate are placed at the end): Whose woods these are I think I know. The imagery is as follows: natural imagery: "woods," "snow," "frozen...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2010 12:42 am UTC

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What is the connotative meaning of the poem? How does the author uses metaphor and simile in his poem to create his...

This is Robert Frost's most famous poem. It is extensively covered in various places in eNotes. The most common interpretation is that the speaker is contemplating committing suicide by walking out...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2012 12:11 pm UTC

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Explain how Robert Frost uses inverted word order in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." What effect does Frost's...

Inverted means in backwards or unusual order. Inverted word choice means the words or in unusual order, or a different order than we would usually have them in spoken speech. Poets usually invert...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2014 3:59 am UTC

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Who exactly is the narrator of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?"

The narrator of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is not the focus, and so little can be inferred about him by the text, assuming he is not simply Robert Frost himself. The narrator is...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 9:35 pm UTC

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What are the language patterns of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The poem is arranged in a total of 5 sentences. Stanzas 1,2, 4 are each one sentence. Stanza 3 is comprised of two sentences. Each sentence is a declarative sentence, with all but the first...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2010 10:34 pm UTC

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Can you illustrate the relationship between humans and nature in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

In the poem human beings are seen as always in a hurry. They have places to go and things to do. It is not the norm to stop in the woods. Yet nature holds a certain allure. A line by line look at...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2011 1:16 pm UTC

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Why does the speaker stop by on the darkest evening of the year? 

What seems to arrest the narrator as he travels through this forest is the incredible beauty of the scene around him. The beauty of the scene is enhanced by the stillness he feels, and this...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 7:42 pm UTC

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What is the standard of beauty in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?      

The standard of beauty in this poem is undoubtedly nature. The speaker is fascinated by it and decides to stop in the woods to admire the winter scene although he has "promises to keep, and miles...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 10:49 am UTC

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What are the sights and sounds that the poet experiences in the woods?

It’s the unusual beauty of the woods that bewitches the poet. While on his way, he halts to appreciate the serene magnificence of the woods and revel in its soothing silence. The first sight that...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 7:07 am UTC

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Why is it significant that the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is set in the winter on the darkest...

By “the darkest evening of the year,” it is most likely that the speaker refers to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year on which the evening would begin early. When it is snowing...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 5:57 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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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," what is the significance behind the simple incident?  

In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," there is significance in the simple incident. The speaker has seen the woods fill up with snow many time, but he decides to stop this snowy evening, the...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 7:33 pm UTC

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What consonant sound appears in every line of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The consonant sound of the letter "s" is in every line. This is often called sibilance. In this poem, the sibilance creates a swooshing sound similar to a sleigh, or wind in the trees—think of the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 12:57 am UTC

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Discuss the following statement Citing evidence from Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and/or “Design,”...

In "Design," the irony typical of modernism appears especially in the final two lines: What but design of darkness to appall?--If design govern in a thing so small. These lines seem, in fact,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 2:16 pm UTC

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What has the speaker said yes to by continuing his passage instead of remaining in the woods in "Stopping by Woods on...

In Robert Frost's poem, the speaker says they are observing the snow fall in the woods. Many different interpretations have been put forward about this poem, both literal and figurative. The...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 3:21 am UTC

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Besides the beauty of the woods on a snowy evening, what elese holds the poet spellbound in "Stopping by Woods...

The poet stops, not only to appreciate the beauty of the snowfall, but to contemplate life, responsibility, duty and death. It is unusual for a man to stop in a section of the woods that is remote...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008 10:49 pm UTC

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How does the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" relate to a human being's life?

Throughout the poem, the speaker stops with his horse to view the snowy forest on the darkest evening of the year. The speaker and his horse are completely alone to witness the tranquil landscape,...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2017 5:27 pm UTC

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Is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" a sonnet and how does it differ from the style of "Birches" Sorry about the...

This poem is not a sonnet. All forms of sonnets (English, Italian, Spenserian, etc.) have 14 lines. Also, the rhyme scheme is not that of a typical sonnet. The rhyme scheme is aaba, ccdc, eefe,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 11:36 pm UTC

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Why is it significant that the poem is set in the winter, on the darkest evening of the year?

There are several elements in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost that demonstrate the feelings and mindset of the speaker. The speaker is alone on his journey, as demonstrated...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 8:52 am UTC

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How is there a play of opposites in the poem "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening"?

In the first stanza, the speaker says, "Whose woods these are I think I know. / His house is in the village though; / He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow" (lines...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 11:55 am UTC

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What is the main idea of the first stanza of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

The speaker, presumably Robert Frost himself, is driving in a sleigh drawn by a single horse. It is snowing. He is struck by the beauty of a particular stand of trees and stops to look at them. He...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 6:46 am UTC

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In the Robert Frost poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," how does the rhyming help contribute to a theme of...

A common interpretation of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is that the poem is in contemplation of death, or at least the finality of death. Some critics who subscribe to this...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 5:52 pm UTC

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In Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," what impression does the reader gather about the traveler?

While many literary critics debate the tone of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the poet does provide several clues about the speaker's personality. From the first stanza, we...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 6:00 pm UTC

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Why does our speaker worry so much about who owns the woods?

In Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the speaker is passing by with his horse and is moved by the beauty of the snow-covered woods, and so he stops to watch the serene...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 1:31 pm UTC

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What is the difference between woods and forest? Why not use a forest?

In the poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' Robert Frost characteristically uses the term 'woods.' He could have used the word 'forest' but this term wouldn't have worked as well for his...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009 8:11 pm UTC

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What does the horse symbolize? Do you think the speaker heeds the horse's command?

On the surface, "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a simple poem about stopping to look at a snowy wood and then having the narrator realize that he can't stay in the woods forever because...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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How are the woods different from a forest in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

When I looked up "forest" in the New Oxford American Dictionary, I found the following definition: "a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth." When I looked up "woods" or "wood" in...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 12:12 pm UTC

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Describe the climate in the first stanza of the poem.

The first stanza of the poem conveys the solitude of the speaker in these woods as well as the tranquil scene that has caused him to pause and enjoy. He says, Whose woods these are I think I...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 12:35 pm UTC

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How does Frost create a sense of utter isolation and silence in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

In his poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Frost conveys a sense of isolation and silence with the imagery of the snowy setting in a country field, the softness of the word sounds, and a...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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Do you think the poet should have stopped near the woods and enjoyed the beauty of nature in the poem "Stopping by...

Robert Frost was a great admirer of Henry David Thoreau, author of the classic Walden. Frost evidently made an early decision to lead a life of rustic simplicity so that he could devote all his...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016 7:02 am UTC

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What kind of dilemma does the poet face when he reaches the woods?  

In Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” the wagon or carriage driver is in the midst of conducting some business, or of running an important errand. But he stops the horse...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 11:35 am 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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How does one's understanding of ambiguity help in the reading of the poem?

In Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, the speaker's sense of purpose, direction, and meaning are full of ambiguity. The reader's own appreciation of the ambiguity of life helps the reader to...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

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