Would you paraphrase the poem of "Desert Places" by Robert Frost stanza by stanza? 

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In the poem 'Desert Places' by Robert Frost we have a lovely description in the first stanza.

It is not only the snow falling, but the night too, and speed is referenced - it is happening quickly. The poet looks into a fiied to see it covered in snow - he makes special mention that the weeds and last years cereal stubble are the last to get covered by the smoothness.

He sees the woods as owning the snow which has smothered all animals which may get hemmed in it because of the nature of their homes 'lairs.'

Next he makes mention of emotions 'loneliness' and 'absent-spirited' - he has unwittingly become part of the scene. He envisages that loneliness becoming deeper as time passes - so deep perhaps as it touches on the more serious nature of the blankness of feeling associated with depression. The loneliness is exacerbated by the inability to communicate thoughts and feelings.

Frost sees the lonely spaces including skies as presenting a threat posed by someone else. Outer space is the extreme of alone-ness as there , there is not even another human soul.

The power to excommunicate, to isolate oneself, is stronger Frost feels, inside his own personality. Possibly alluding to depressing feelings, he sees these inner issues as having greater power to isolate than nature itself. The word 'desert' here is used in terms of 'desolate' rather than 'hot.' Frost himself had succumbed to the refuge of 'running away' during his lifetime - a link referencing that is included here: