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 that appeals to the senses, offering the reader an opportunity to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch along with the speaker. In Frost's poem, the imagery allows us to notice what the speaker notices, all the while building a tone and theme that has proved memorable and poignant to readers for decades.
The speaker first notices that he is alone, commenting on how the owner of the land lives in the village far from the woods:
"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.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year. "
Here in the beginning, Frost begins to use the imagery to set his tone, telling what the speaker sees...
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